Samantha Bee opened up about the #MeToo movement at an Emmy FYC event recently for her TBS variety talk series “Full Frontal.” Gold Derby was on-hand at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills for the Q&A, which was moderated by Molly Ringwald. Listen to the entire 54-minute discussion above.
Since “Full Frontal” premiered in 2016 the “Daily Show” alum has been one of the most outspoken leaders of the movement in late night given her prominence as one of the few female hosts in the talk-show landscape. Meanwhile, Ringwald recently penned an op-ed for the New Yorker reassessing the John Hughes classics that made her a star. So both women have thought through their experiences in male-dominated spaces. And Ringwald asked Bee if she “had any idea that there were just so many creeps in our business?”
Bee didn’t realize “how deep the bench was,” but she nevertheless suspected it because “that’s the way it is in the entire world. That’s the way it is in every profession, like in the restaurant industry, and every other industry that I ever worked in.” As more and more men are accused of sexually inappropriate behavior, “it really wears you down.” However, Bee sees a silver lining. “At least we’re talking about it,” she says, “and that is a very exciting new development. To have a robust conversation about it, and to just say it out loud, feels so fresh.”
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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