Autotrader and State Farm have pulled their ads from TBS’s Full Frontal after host Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c***.”
The comedian insulted the first daughter after Trump posted a photograph of herself and her son at the end of last week. Some observers saw this as insensitive in the context of a furore over the U.S. government’s policy of separating immigrant parents from their children at the border with Mexico.
Bee was among those drawing the connection. “You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another: Do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c***! He listens to you!” she said in Wednesday’s show.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that executives at TBS and its parent company, Time Warner “must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned.”
Bee subsequently apologized, saying her insult was “inappropriate and inexcusable.” TBS stood by her, saying: “It was our mistake too, and we regret it.” The network pulled the episode offline, including from YouTube.