Samantha Bee: My critics "should be embarrassed by their own conduct"

It does seem like a nice vote of confidence from TBS, especially after the whole Ivanka Trump “c-word” debacle. Can you talk about what that experience was like for you and why you decided to apologize?

It wasn’t a great experience. I wasn’t an enjoyable experience. I will say that the network was incredibly supportive the entire time. It definitely unleashes a different kind of beast into your life when the president specifically tweets about you, so that was a bit new. As a person, it’s helpful for me to keep the show small in my brain. It’s helpful for me to treat it like a day job. For me, I’m always thinking about what the next show is going to be as opposed to what the next year of shows is going to look like. So I guess, for a long time I hadn’t really considered that the show does have a bigger voice now, and a bigger platform. And that platform is only increasing over time. So it was a reckoning on that account. It was definitely unpleasant. It was a real learning experience. I was very surprised. I felt that it was incredibly overblown. Like beyond overblown. And I was very regretful that that moment really took away from what I was trying to say with the segment. And the segment really effectively disappeared, you can’t find it anymore. That’s really a shame, because the subject matter was really important to me. And we circled back to it multiple times after that, but it’s a story that hasn’t gone away yet. I felt like it did a disservice to the [separated] families. Not that we would expect to have a huge impact on them, but I felt that anything that took away from that story, which is so critical and an ongoing story that continues on to this moment, I felt terrible.