“Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee is “glad our show existed” at the beginning of the #MeToo movement because it might not get as much attention “if we weren’t on the air.” We chatted with Bee on the red carpet recently at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, where TBS hosted an Emmy FYC event for her variety talk series. “I think that we have been tenacious in our coverage of the #MeToo movement, and we’ll continue to do so in the future,” she adds. “I think the time was right for a show like ours to exist, at a time when that movement is emerging.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.
With “Full Frontal” in its third season, Bee has found her groove as a host even as the world is more and more fraught with peril. “I’m less nervous now,” she says. “Maybe I’m growing increasingly frustrated over time. I feel like the world is changing around me. I wish we were moving in a direction that felt stable, and we’re not. So it feels very topsy-turvy.”
It’s true that her show thrives on the erratic nature of current events, but Bee would gladly welcome a slower news week. “I wish there was just one tiny element of predictability left for all of us,” she admits. “If things were 25% more boring, I’m confident we could still make a comedy show.”
Bee and her writing team took home their first Emmy last year for “Full Frontal’s” “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” (Best Variety Special Writing), which also competed for Best Variety Special, Best Variety Special Directing and Best Variety Special Production Design. The main “Full Frontal” series also snagged bids for Best Variety Talk Series, Best Interactive Program and Best Variety Series Writing.
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