Samantha Bee has apologised for insulting Ivanka Trump with an obscene phrase on her television show, describing it as “inexcusable”.
The Canadian-American comedian had attacked the US first daughter over the immigration policy of her father President Donald Trump on her TBS show Full Frontal.
Bee called Ms Trump a “feckless c***” as she urged the White House adviser to speak to her father about a US policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their families.
“Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f***ing stop it,” she said.
Bee, 48, a former correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, admitted to crossing a line with the comment and said she regrets it.
She tweeted: “I would like to sincerely apologise to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night.
“It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”
Her network, TBS, said “it was our mistake, too,” adding that Bee had taken the right step in apologising.
I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.
— Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) May 31, 2018
They did not say whether there would be any consequences for Bee or the show, which is taped and not aired live.
Before the apology, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, had called Bee’s language “vile and vicious”.
She said executives at TBS and corporate parent Time Warner needed to demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of the administration “would not be condoned”.
Earlier this week, ABC cancelled Roseanne following a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Some conservatives have suggested Bee should be met with the same fate as Roseanne Barr, while liberals wondered if Bee’s use of language was any worse than some used by Mr Trump.
“I dream of a life where we hold our president to a higher standard than we hold comedians,” Marie Connor, another comic, wrote on Twitter.
Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to former president George W Bush, said the media reaction to the Barr and Bee incidents suggested a double standard.