UPDATE: 12:15 PM – It appears the video in question has been removed from the Full Frontal YouTube channel. However, no official comment or apology has been made.
UPDATE: 12:45 PM – Full Frontal has apologized for “offending” Coddington:
We deeply apologize for offending @_that_kyle in our CPAC segment. We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece.
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) March 9, 2017
Samantha Bee is not one to shy away from controversy. The liberal talk show host has made headlines repeatedly over the past year for edgy jokes and controversial statements. But now, Bee is coming under fire for a joke that seemingly went way too far.
In a recent episode of Full Frontal, Bee traveled to CPAC to make fun of various aspects of the conservative gathering. Among other things, Bee mocked CPAC attendees for having “Nazi hair.” An edgy joke to begin with, it only got worse. It soon came out that one of the attendees she mocked for having “Nazi hair” is actually a stage 4 brain cancer patient going through radiation and chemotherapy.
The cancer patient, Kyle Coddington, is a conservative political activist. According to Josh DeFord, one of Kyle’s close friends, Kyle had just completed his first round of radiation and chemotherapy the day before CPAC began.
UPDATE: The original video has been deleted from YouTube, but OUTSET Magazine Editor Stephen Perkins uploaded a copy of the clip to Twitter:
.@iamsambee and @FullFrontalSamB deleted their video. So here it is again: pic.twitter.com/pH4G2wbv9J
— Stephen N. Perkins (@Stephen_Perkins) March 9, 2017
Understandably, Coddington’s family and friends were outraged, and took to Twitter to express their feelings:
Coddington’s sister, Megan:
When @iamsambee makes fun of your brother for having "Nazi hair." He actually has stage 4 brain cancer, but whatever floats your boat. pic.twitter.com/ULJC8nA3IX
— Megan Coddington (@meg_kelly16) March 9, 2017
Coddington’s friend, Brittany Chapa:
Round of applause for @iamsambee for mocking someone who had just gone through their 1st round of radiation & chemo causing the "nazi hair" pic.twitter.com/oPPsY2tt6e
— Brittany Chapa (@BrittanyJChapa) March 9, 2017
Coddington’s close friend, Josh Deford:
.@iamsambee should be ashamed for mocking Kyle Coddington's hair…(1/2) pic.twitter.com/9oB3zZPRbF
— Josh De Ford (@joshua_deford) March 9, 2017
Coddington himself also took to Twitter to beg Samantha Bee to delete the episode:
At the time of publication, Samantha Bee has not responded to requests for an apology. However, this story will be updated with future developments.