Ms. Bee, a 48-year-old Canadian-American comic and commentator, spent 12 years as a regular on “The Daily Show.” Her TBS show, which went on the air in 2016, has become a home for searing commentary on President Trump.
The crass insult of Ms. Trump ignited a debate on where media companies should draw the line, especially where comedians are concerned, and whether it is fair to assume an equivalency between a racist remark like the one made by Ms. Barr and a vulgar epithet like the one used by Ms. Bee. Several prominent conservatives said that a lack of disciplinary action on the part of TBS would reveal a double standard in the media and entertainment industries.
Ari Fleischer, the White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, wrote on Twitter, “There’s no uprising against Bee. Why? Because she is liberal.”
NBC’s Megyn Kelly, who has been a target of Ms. Bee’s barbs, also derided the remark on Twitter. “This is disgusting,” she wrote. “How is this acceptable?”
While liberals largely supported Ms. Bee, Chelsea Clinton criticized her, saying on Twitter, “It’s grossly inappropriate and just flat-out wrong to describe or talk about @IvankaTrump or any woman that way.”
Ms. Bee, one of two women currently hosting a late-night talk show — the other is Robin Thede, of BET — has been a central component of TBS’s efforts to rebuild its original programming lineup. The cable network has renewed “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” through the 2020 season.
The show was nominated for an Emmy last year, and TBS has been enthusiastically promoting Ms. Bee during the current awards-campaign season. Last week, the network hosted an event for her in Beverly Hills, Calif., in an effort to increase her chances of receiving nominations, which will be announced in July.
On Thursday night, Ms. Bee was scheduled to appear at an event in Hollywood where the Television Academy, the organization in charge of the Emmy Awards, was set to honor several shows — including “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” — for using the “dynamic power of television to inspire social change.”