Samantha Bee apologizes for Ivanka Trump insult: 'I crossed a line'

Samantha Bee apologized on Thursday for a vulgar insult she directed toward Ivanka Trump on Wednesday’s edition of “Full Frontal,” in which she called her a “feckless c—.”

“I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night,” she tweeted. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”

In the segment, Bee took aim at President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House adviser for posting a photo with her children on social media after a week of reports that federal authorities had lost track of 1,500 migrant children, and after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that those trying to come into the U.S. without documentation would be separated from their children.

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Bee, while acknowledging that migrant parent-children separations happened during the Obama administration as well, urged Ivanka Trump to try to influence her father. “Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c—,” she said. “He listens to you. Put on something tight and low cut and tell him to f—— stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?”

Many, especially conservatives, slammed Bee’s insult as sexist and drew comparisons to Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett, which got Barr’s hit ABC sitcom revival “Roseanne” canceled earlier this week. Some called for “Full Frontal” to also be axed in response.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Bee’s comment “vile and vicious” and urged Time Warner, which owns TBS and CNN parent Turner, to take disciplinary action.

“The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling,” she said. “Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.”

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Comedian Samantha Bee attends the Fast Company Innovation Festival 2016 - Samantha Bee at Skirball Center, NYU on November 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Actress Samantha Bee attends The Women's Media Center 2016 Women's Media Awards at Capitale on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 06: TV personality Samantha Bee accepts the award for 'Outstanding Achievement in News and Information' onstage at the 32nd annual Television Critics Association Awards during the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUlY 27: Comedian Samantha Bee sits for a portrait at the Washington Post Live space on the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday July 27, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: Jason Jones and Samantha Bee attend the TBS For Your Consideration event at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Comedian Samantha Bee attends TBS's 'A Night Out with Conan O'Brien, Rashida Jones, Samantha Bee and Jason Jones' at The New Museum on May 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Comedian Samantha Bee attends Turner Upfront 2016 arrivals at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Samantha Bee appears on stage during Turner Upfront 2016 show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Actress and comedian Samantha Bee attends the Tribeca Daring Women Summit during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY during the APRIL 20: Samantha Bee (L) and Allana Harkin attend Tribeca Talks Daring Women Summit during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Samantha Bee attends the AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' at AOL Studios In New York on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Dr. Richard Besser and Samantha Bee visit 'THE VIEW,' 2/11/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) SAMANTHA BEE
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Correspondent Samantha Bee speaks on the episode that John Oliver takes over as summer guest host of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' on June 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Actress Samantha Bee (L) and Jason Jones attend 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Samantha Bee attends The Night Of Too Many Start Live Telethon on March 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Samantha Bee speaks at Dove April Truth Day Event with Samantha Bee of 'The Daily Show' on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Dove)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, and Larry Wilmore attend The Night Of Too Many Start Live Telethon on March 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: (L-R) Seth Green, Anderson Cooper, Samantha Bee, Kevin Reilly, President, TBS & TNT & Chief Content Officer, Turner Entertainment, David Levy, President, TBS, Inc., Charles Barkley, Donna Speciale, President, Turner Ad Sales, TBS, Inc., Billy Eichner, John Martin, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, TBS, Inc., Eric Dane, and Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide. TBS, Inc. attend the Turner Upfront 2015 at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City. 25201_002_TW_0473.JPG (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Samantha Bee attends the 2nd Annual LOL With LLS Comedy Night to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on May 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Samantha Bee attends Dove April Truth Day Event with Samantha Bee of 'The Daily Show' on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Dove)
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