“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” was canceled by TBS on Monday after seven seasons of bold jokes and smart monologues. According to a TBS representative, the decision was made due to a “new programming strategy.” “We are proud to have been the home to ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ and thank Sam, and the rest of the Emmy-nominated team, for their groundbreaking work.”
The decision was confirmed on Monday afternoon by the “Full Frontal” Twitter account. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee will end its run on TBS this fall after seven seasons. As a team, we’re grateful for the support of our fans, as well as the fact that we got to irritate the appropriate people each week by not airing a special episode of Big Bang Theory.
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The political satire on “Full Frontal,” which featured one of the few female voices in late-night comedy, was well-known. Bee’s “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” special aired on the same night as President Trump’s absence from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2017. TBS and Bee both issued public apologies when she used a charged expletive to disparage Ivanka Trump on her show last year, and the controversy lasted for weeks. Since the beginning of her series, Bee has used “Full Frontal” to raise attention to legislation and politicians that restrict abortion access.
After 7 seasons, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee will not be returning to TBS this fall. We’re so thankful for our loyal audience, our amazing team, and that we got to annoy the right people every week—that there wasn’t wrestling or baseball or a very special episode of Big Bang.
— Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) July 25, 2022
Since Conan O’Brien left TBS last year, NBC and Lilly Singh broke up, and James Corden will leave “The Late Late Show” in 2023, the cancellation of “Full Frontal” follows the trend of late-night show cancellations.
“Bee made television history in the late night space, paving the way for female voices in what has traditionally been, and continues to be a male-dominated landscape,” a representative for Bee notified. The show “consistently broke barriers with Sam and her team boldly using political satire to entertain, inform and empower viewers, while embracing critically underrepresented stories, particularly about women.”
The late-night circuit lacks gender diversity and part of Bee’s work will be difficult to repeat, especially as the United States grapples with the reversal of Roe v. Wade. However, “The Amber Ruffin Show” is the only female voice in the circulation of late-night shows. While speaking to The Post in 2019, Bee stated she’d devote hours of her time to arguing in favor of abortion “regardless of my gender.”
“I don’t,” she stated, “feel a different responsibility because I’m the last woman standing.” Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily