The Television Academy, the same group that puts on the yearly Emmy Awards, is set to award Samantha Bee’s show, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” for its contributions to social change, even after Bee let loose on the program Wednesday night, calling Ivanka Trump a “c***” and implying Ivanka and her father are in an incestuous relationship.
According to CBS, the Academy has not announced that it is revoking Bee’s award, which the Academy says she’s earned for her “inspirational” content.
“For its dedication to making the audience laugh while making it think, the Television Academy is proud to include Full Frontal with Samantha Bee in the Television Academy Honors,” reads Bee’s nomination statement. The show “serves up current political and social facts with a side of satire.”
“The Emmy winning team at “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” works to decipher facts from exaggerations and distractions, flagrant lies and accidental half-truths, and helps viewers lift their wool-covered glasses to expose a clearer vision of what is really going on in the world,” the Academy gushes on its website. “‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ doesn’t just serve to inform and amuse. What Toronto native Bee and her team are doing is far more important and complex than just delivering the news or just writing a funny joke about a politician.”
Bee was forced to apologize for her “joke,” which took a week to author, and which was scripted, recorded, and edited days before the program aired, but was, apparently, objectionable to Bee and the rest of the crew only when advertisers began pulling sponsorships from her TBS program, and friends on the left — including several CNN headliners — called the joke “reprehensible.”
The Television Academy is set to present Bee with her award Thursday evening in a catered affair at NeueHouse Hollywood.