Comedian Samantha Bee returned to her TBS show Wednesday, apologizing again for using a crude epithet to describe Ivanka Trump but expressing anger that the ensuing controversy distracted from more important issues. President Trump had called for her to be fired for what she said on last week's episode of Full Frontal, but TBS accepted her apology. Immediately addressing the issue at the opening of her show, Bee said she hated to "contribute to the nightmare of 24-hour news cycles that we're all white-knuckling through," the AP reports. "I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting ... than this juvenile immigration policy," she said.
"It is a word I have used on the show many times, hoping to reclaim it," Bee said on Wednesday. "I used it as an insult, I crossed a line, I regret it, and I do apologize for that." She added: "I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest and I never intended to hurt anyone, except Ted Cruz." To drive her point home, Bee finished her monologue and went directly into another segment about immigration, knowing that she would have a curious audience tuning in to see her reaction. Cameras showed four dour-looking men dressed in suits with their hands on red buttons, who she introduced as her show's new censors. "Civility is just nice words," she said. "Maybe we should all worry about the civility of our actions."
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