Will C-word controversy help ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ win Best Variety Talk Series at 2018 Emmys?

Last year Emmy history was made when Samantha Bee became the first female talk show host nominated for Best Variety Talk Series. Now Gold Derby’s racetrack odds predict that TBS’s late-night program “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” will earn a repeat bid when the 2018 Emmy nominations are announced July 12. But can it actually win this time around? The good news is that “Full Frontal” is hotter than ever thanks in part to the C-word controversy that recently made Bee a target of right-wing media.

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Voting for the Emmy nominations began soon after the May 30 episode of “Full Frontal” aired, when Bee called First Daughter Ivanka Trump a “feckless c***” for failing to speak out about her father’s immigration policy of separating families at the border. Bee and TBS both issued apologies. It’s no secret that Hollywood is mostly a liberal town, so the controversy could end up actually helping her show’s Emmy chances.

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” lost Best Variety Talk Series last year to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” which also prevailed in 2016. The other nominees were “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” All six programs are back in contention again, as are such shows as “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and “Watch What Happens Live.”

Two “Full Frontal” companion programs also appear on the 2018 Emmy ballot: “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It’s Complicated)” as Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) and “Fuller Frontaler” as Best Short Form Variety Series. Bee and her writing team took home their first Emmy last year for TBS’s variety special “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”

As an outspoken feminist, Bee recently opened up about the #MeToo movement at an Emmy FYC event held at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Regarding the downfall of so many Hollywood heavyweights due to sexual harassment, Bee admitted that she didn’t realize “how deep the bench was.” She added, “At least we’re talking about it, 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.”

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