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Why Sam Bee Was ‘Happy’ Trump Called for Her to Be Fired

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It was the first rain-free day New York had seen in weeks and Samantha Bee and I were seated across from each other in her corner office overlooking the Hudson River. The host of TBS’ Full Frontal was gearing up for her first show back since taking Washington, D.C., by storm the previous weekend with her second, not annual Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

That special aired the same night as the actual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which, for the first time in 16 years, decided to ditch its traditional comic performer in favor of historian Ron Chernow—after Donald Trump essentially demanded the change on Twitter. “No one should ever do what the president tweets at them!” Bee joked from the stage.

She echoed that disappointment with the White House Correspondents Association during our conversation for this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast. “You shouldn’t acquiesce to what the president wishes for your event,” she said, “he’s not going to show up anyway and of course he didn’t.”

During a rare hour-long conversation with the comedian who is, once again, the only female host on late-night television, Bee also sounded off on Trump’s fear of comedians, her longtime discomfort with “handsy” Joe Biden, and a lot more—including why after 12 years on The Daily Show and three at Full Frontal, she will never stop going after Fox News.

“What they get away with is incredible,” she tells me. “The number of old people they have ruined is—you can’t even quantify the number of grandparents they have destroyed.”

And of course, we got into what was, perhaps unfortunately, the most talked-about moment of Bee’s run on TBS to date.

It has been........

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