"I should have known that a potty-mouth insult would be inherently more interesting to [the media] than juvenile immigration policy," Bee jokes.
"It is a word I have used on the show many times hoping to reclaim it," Bee explained. "This time I used it as an insult. I crossed the line, I regret it, and I do apologize for that."
Although she apologized, she had her own reasons to be upset over the situation, too. Mainly she was upset the word skewed her message and more so that it was used as a distraction.
"I hate that I did something that contributed to the nightmare of 24-hour news cycles that we're all white-knuckling through. I should have known that a potty-mouth insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policy," Bee said. "I would do anything to help those kids. I hate that this distracted from them, so to them I am also sorry."
The moment came during a segment on immigrant children who've been separated from their parents and purportedly lost by the federal government. Bee lashed out at a photo of Ivanka Trump holding her child, calling her the c-word and asking her to go talk to her father about his failed immigration policy. The media immediately latched onto her use of foul language, which came just days after Roseanne Barr got fired from the top-rated show on television for a racist tweet.
Bee apologized to any women who'd been hurt by the word personally in their lives. "A lot of them don't want that word reclaimed, they want it gone. And I don't blame them. I don't want to inflict more pain on them." She went on to add, "Many men were also offended by my use of the word. I do not care about that."
She also addressed those viewers and critics "worried about the death of civility," and recommended those people reexamine their priorities.
"I'm really sorry that I said that word, but you know what? Civility is just nice words," she said. "Maybe we should all worry a little bit more about the niceness of our actions.
In the immediate aftermath of the controversy, which saw two advertisers pull out of her show, TBS revealed they would get more heavily involved. The Hollywood Reporter reports, "The plan is for management to work with the show to prevent another incident that could potentially scare advertisers and draw condemnation from both sides of the political aisle."
Bee teased this development with a do-over segment on those same child immigrants by introducing a panel of four expert cable censors; the same ones who gave us classic modifications like Samuel L. Jackson's famous line, "I am sick of these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday-to-Friday plane!" With her new censors in place, and a little overzealous, she hilariously tried to get back to work.
You can enjoy that segment below.