“A lot of people were offended and angry that I used an epithet to describe the president’s daughter and adviser last week,” Bee said. “It is a word I have used on the show many times, hoping to reclaim it. This time, I used it as an insult. I crossed the line. I regret it and I do apologize for that.”
Bee, however, also flipped the tables on her apology. Last week’s C-word comment came at the end of a longer piece regarding the current U.S. policy of separating children from their families at the Mexican border. Bee expressed remorse that the story of those children had been lost in the controversy she created. The host finished by telling her audience that they should worry more about actions than about words.
Today’sMegyn Kelly, who was one of the first to publicly reprimand Bee for her comment last week, took offense to Bee’s apology.
“Apologies that are quickly followed by the word ‘but’ are always problematic,” Kelly said on Today. “It was more than uncivil, in my view. That term is more than just vulgar; it’s deeply, deeply offensive to a lot of women.”
Kelly also slammed Bee for using her comedian job title as an “excuse.”
“Being a comedian doesn’t excuse everyone’s comments. I don’t find ‘I’m a comedian’ an adequate excuse. I understand, you want to go to the comedy cellar and make those jokes onstage — go for it. Comedians get paid to be completely irreverent in that setting. But once you’re given a television show — whether you’re Jon Stewart or you’re Samantha Bee or you’re Roseanne [Barr] — like it or not, you’re held to a higher standard.”