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Samantha Bee opens show with apology for insulting Ivanka Trump - but only to some

Comedian Samantha Bee opened her show Wednesday with an apology of sorts to some of the people, but not all, who were offended by her insult to Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

The comedian, who started a public furor by insulting the daughter of the president, issued an apology, of sorts, on her TBS show Wednesday, but made sure to make room to mock Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and all men who were offended.

Here's what Samantha Bee said

"Hi, I'm Samantha Bee," she said at the beginning of her show. "You know a lot of people were offended and angry that I used an epithet to describe the president's daughter and adviser last week."

"It is a word I have used on the show many times, hoping to reclaim it," she explained. "This time I used it as an insult, I crossed a line, I regret it and I do apologize for that."

"The problem is that many women have heard that word at the worst moments of their lives," Bee continued. "A lot of them don't want that word reclaimed, they want it gone."

"And I don't blame them," she said. "I don't want to inflict more pain on them. I want this show to be challenging, and I want it to be honest, but I never intended it to hurt anyone."

"Except Ted Cruz," she joked, eliciting laughter from the audience.

"Many men were also offended by my use of the word," she added, "I do not care about that."

'The nightmare of 24 hour news cycles'

"I hate that this distracted from more important issues," Bee continued. "I hate that I did something to contribute to the nightmare of 24 hour news cycles that were all white knuckling through. I should have known that a potty mouth insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policy."

"I would do anything to help those kids," she explained. "I hate that this distracted from them. So to them, I am also sorry."

"And look, if you are worried about the death of civility, don't sweat it," Bee said. "I'm a comedian. People who hone their voices in basement bars while yelling back at drunk hecklers are definitely not paragons of civility."

"I am, I'm really sorry that I said that word," she added, "but you know what, civility is just nice words."

"Maybe we should all worry a little bit more about the niceness of our actions," she concluded.

Here's the video of Bee's non-apology:

Bee lost advertisers during the furor that followed her nasty epithet to the president's daughter as a criticism of his immigration policies. Many on the left and in the media condemned Bee for her lack of civility in the episode.

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