Samantha Bee Scolds Fallon, NBC for Trump Interview: 'I Guess Ratings Matter More Than Brown People'

Samantha Bee on Monday condemned Jimmy Fallon and NBC for continuing to give “race-baiting demagogue” Donald Trump a platform to “show millions of Americans what a fun guy he is.”

The Full Frontal host not only put the Peacock on blast for having the Republican presidential candidate on The Tonight Show, but for allowing him to host The Celebrity Apprentice for years after he initially challenged whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

“Why do so many Americans think playing footsie with fringe hate groups isn’t a disqualifier from polite society, much less the presidency? Maybe because that’s the message they get from entertainment giants like NBC, which gladly nurtured Trump’s celebrity for all the years he was running around” as the figurehead of the Birtherism movement, she said. “By ignoring that… NBC tacitly condoned a race-baiting demagogue.”

Bee, attempting to make sense of why NBC has allowed Trump to sit down with Fallon or host SNL since seemingly parting ways with him after he referred to Mexicans as rapists in June 2015, could only come up with one possible answer:

“I guess because ratings matter more than brown people… You know, here’s a thought: When Holocaust survivors are telling you, ‘hey, this guy gives me déjà vu,’ maybe don’t invite him up into your house to play with your adorable children,” she said, referring to Fallon. “Trump can be a total sweetheart with someone who has no reason to be terrified of him. I noticed there were no cutaway shots to The Roots. I wonder why.”

Watch Bee’s latest takedown (beginning at the 2:55 mark), then tell us if you think we’re on the precipice of another late-night war.

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46 Comments
  1. Charles says:

    Rating Samantha Bee. That is how you keep your job. Looking at the recent rating you might want to look into that.

  2. Diane Manson says:

    good for you Samantha Bee – tell it like it is!

  3. Georgia Madman says:

    Samantha Bee doesn’t get to say who we vote for. If she’s so concerned, why isn’t she talking up the Libertarian or Green candidates? Probably because she’s shilling for Hillary.

    • greg says:

      She did an extensive interview with Gary Johnson, so maybe check your facts before jumping to conclusions.

    • Mary says:

      Maybe because she knows they don’t stand a chance. I actually have listen to Gary Johnson and sorry I don’t think he is qualified to say the least. His knowledge on Foreign Policy is real scary.

      • Eric says:

        He said in another interview that the bombings in NYC over the weekend didn’t injure anyone. A quick Google search or watching the news for 5 minutes would have given him the information he needed to not make him look like a uninformed doofus.

    • Steven says:

      Libertarian and Green candidates stand no chance of winning so what’s the point?

  4. Mac says:

    Trump crowd already storming the comments and accusing people of shilling while doing exactly that themselves

    • Lucifer says:

      Samantha Bee gets paid to say these things and TBS is owned by Time Warner, which is a top Clinton donor. How is that similar to pro-Trump posters in comment sections?

  5. Michael Summerset says:

    So she’s angry because the show made Trump likeable.

    • dman6015 says:

      Trump will NEVER be likable.

      • Joey says:

        Trump doesn’t need to be likable. He just needs to keep feeding the joint hatred/exhaustion of 25 years of Clintons in the public eye to get elected. I’m terrified of the possibility of him being our next President, especially because if he is elected, its not because people are voting for him, its because they’ll be voting against Hillary Clinton.

  6. absherlock says:

    Complaining about not getting a hard-hitting interview from a Tonight Show appearance is like complaining that Samantha Bee did a sarcastic scathing bit on Paula Deen’s problems and she didn’t elicit any cooking tips from her. Different shows, different purposes.

  7. Then why do you and John Oliver and Trevor Noah base so much of your act off of Trump?

    YOU are using Donald Trump for ratings, Samantha Bee, just like everyone else on TV is.

  8. Buddy says:

    So, will Samantha Bee also be critical of Jimmy Fallon and NBC for giving softball questions to Hillary?…Doubtful because the media doesn’t give a rip about being “fair.” It only cares about getting the Democrats elected.

    • Mary says:

      That’s funny. Did you watch Matt Lauer, NBC I might add, and who did he give the softball questions to – not Hillary. Trump has received more publicity since day one than any other candidate ever. Grant you it was because of him being a fool, but thanks to the media I believe is the only reason he has gotten this far. The TV Personality knew how to garner the attention, the only thing is I don’t think even Trump realize that there was this many ignorant fearful human beings in the world.

  9. JRS831 says:

    Jimmy Fallon is NOT a reporter – he is a comedian – it is NOT his job to politicize. His job is try to entertain us. Let Jimmy Fallon do what Jimmy Fallon does and if you don’t like it you can change the channel. Not everyone with a television show has to show his political colors.

  10. Rob Horine says:

    Not jumping on the Trump bandwagon, but if Bee wants Fallon to do a “hard hitting ambush interview” like her pals at CNN does, then she’s dumb as a bag of hammers. Her complaints might be valid if this was done on Today or NBC Nightly News. But expecting a barely funny talk show host to be the one to take down The Donald is just not going to happen.

    Not liking Trump, Bee or Fallon.

  11. Victoria says:

    If you’re looking at Jimmy Fallon for hard, political news, you are looking in the wrong place. As someone who hates the election in general, this “interview” didn’t persuade me or any number of voters to vote for him. There’s no reason to give Fallon all of this flak.

  12. Jason says:

    Jimmy Fallon doesn’t get to play favorites and his show isn’t political. Not liking Trump doesn’t negate the fact that he’s running for president. And wanting Jimmy to attack Trump in person is also ridiculous because that’s not who he is. We have a lot of other people more than willing to do that so I wish people would lay off. Besides, what more can be said about Trump that everyone hasn’t already heard. I really don’t think there are any fence sitters left in this campaign. People either love or hate the guy. There’s no middle ground left.

  13. Raul J says:

    I really do hope Trump gets elected because the entertainment value of all these left wing loons in the media wetting themselves would be priceless.

  14. texmike says:

    I still watch Fallon and Corden because they show some balance and they are entertaining. Samantha Bee and Seth Meyers are liberal hacks who’s shows are nightly Trump attacks. I watch late night television to be entertained and that kind of content is not funny. Where are you Johnny when we need you?

    • Rob Horine says:

      Johnny is on Antenna TV at 11PM EST M-F (with shows from the 80s and 90s) and Weekends at 10pm EST with 90 minute shows from the 70s.

      The more I watch Johnny, the more I hate today’s late night.

      NOTE: I am not employed in any way shape or form by Antenna TV. This is just my opinion and help to others that need real entertainment.

  15. R.O.B. says:

    Samantha Bee, for decades the Democrats have treated black Americans like special needs children, patronizing, condescending and constantly focusing on the color of their skin. Everything is about skin color, as opposed to merit and character. Trump is correct, black communities are hurting and liberal policies are not helping. I cannot see how it is racist to want to do something to change the downward spiral that inner city black communities and schools are experiencing. I cannot see how it is racist to want to provide vouchers so that poor children can attend better schools. To want to inspire an environment with more jobs, especially for teenagers and young adults, and opportunities for people to release themselves from the chains of welfare, where the more people who are working and providing for their own families, the more that is left to help those truly in need – and not just by the government, the world’s most inefficient and ineffective charity, but by more people who can afford to direct their hard-earned money to chariies that can actually help people.

    What I do think is racist is affecting a southern drawl when standing up in front of black crowds and talking about keeping hot sauce in your purse at all times. To hold up on a pedestal Margaret Sanger, champion of the bioethics of racial genocide. I also think it is racist and frankly insulting that black Americans are expected to believe that the concept of voter ID is racist, as opposed to the obvious way to ensure that everyone’s vote counts and will not be disenfranchised. Unless it is also somehow racist to require ID at supermarkets, airports, movie theaters, banks, and to enter any government establishment. I think more and more people are tired of being called “racist”, because the vast majority of them aren’t. We prefer the world that Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned, where all people are judged by their character, and not their skin color. What we see today instead are the consequences of pandering and treating people a certain way simply because of their skin color. It needs to stop.

    • Mary says:

      Well I can’t believe in this day and age with technology that all these shootings caught on camera and the cops go free. You question why the Black Community does not believe a word out of his mouth. I think it is called actions speak louder than words, and Trump has not exhibit any of that especially on who he has surrounding him. Not everyone is naive and foolish enough to take this man at his word, since he flip flops quite often. Yes people should be judged by character and not skin color, but that statement works both ways. If you do not see that there is a problem then it is obvious you might be part of the problem. Trump definitely is.

  16. JScout says:

    Good for Samantha Bee. The problem is not just Jimmy Fallon, he’s pretty ignorant and does child-like entertainment, so what can you expect. The problem is NBC for giving Trump a show in the first place and then keeping him on after all the racist, hateful BS he’s been spewing for years!!! Shame on NBC for that. I never watched that show because I didn’t want that idiocy in my head, and now it’s everywhere. NBC is the real culprit here, after Trump, of course.

  17. politics says:

    Dont condone Trumps commentaries but perhaps Bees should look at election laws that say each candidate is entitled to equal time advertising which also means if one candidate gets to be on a talk show then legally they have to afford all candidates the same opportunity.

  18. I don’t know what’s more ridiculous. That she’d say that or that TVLine would spread it.

  19. mary says:

    So Bee is expecting Fallon to change what he does for a living(entertain, not reporting) for HER beliefs. Not to mention she must think all Americans are idiots, if she believes candidates going on talk/variety shows really will change our minds/opinions. All it does is make me now dislike her,

    • JScout says:

      Her complaint is that he’s “normalizing” a hateful racist bigot. Trump is not a normal candidate and should not be treated that way. It’s not politics, it’s white supremacy being made “normal”. Shame on anyone who treats Trump like a normal Republican candidate for president, he is not.

      • Rob Horine says:

        How is he a white supremest? Please, I’m not trying to be cute, I’m just trying to understand the hate that is coming from the tolerance crowd.

        • F Islam says:

          Good question. He’s not. Anybody bucking the marxist bullsh!t is a waaaycissstt.

        • JScout says:

          Most everything he says is bigoted and racist and then he went and hired Stephen Bannon as the HEAD of his campaign. Bannon runs Breitbart website which spews white supremacy hatred ALL THE TIME!! Bannon even said and I quote, “We’re the platform for the alt-right”. And the alt right is white supremacy. This has been in the news for weeks now and Trumps hateful message has been out there from the day he announced his campaign. How can you not know this?

  20. datdudemurphy says:

    If you decide who gets to be president of the United States based on late night talk show appearances, I would kindly suggest you abstain from voting.

    Please?

  21. Brock Hard says:

    Once again… Jimmy Fallon is not a journalist. The Tonight Show is an entertainment show. Now if Bill Maher or John Oliver had gone easy on Trump that would be worth complaining about. People need to lay off Fallon for this, seriously.

    • JScout says:

      But people like Jimmy Fallon are making a white supremacist seem like a normal person and a normal candidate. Trump is not a normal person or a normal Republican. He is a white supremacist. Look at all he says and at the people he hires to run his campaign. We cannot elect a white supremacist for president. We just cannot.

  22. Marla says:

    People prostitute themselves for ratings.

  23. Tony says:

    I honestly feel that things change when the person in question is a danger to the very fabric of what we, as a country, feel we should be. Its a slippery slope to suggest that, I know. And for those that feel Hillary is equally as dangerous, I wouldn’t argue if yoU felt the same way. Sure, Fallon isn’t a real journalist. But the Tonight Show is an iconic and influential institution. It has some weight in the TV landscape and it should be held to higher standard.

    • F Islam says:

      Securing our borders, rebuilding our economy, restricting immigration from islamic nations that hate us is a danger to the country? WOW! Exactly what about Trump is a threat to you?

  24. F Islam says:

    Does Samantha get her wardrobe from Goodwill?