Samantha Bee Thanks Jesus and Donald Trump for Her Show's Success

The Emmy-nominated host of Full Front with Samantha Bee agrees launching her show during the rise of the Republican Presidential candidate was divine


Launching a show is never easy, but Samantha Bee notes the comedy gods have helped her a bit.

“I do want to thank Jesus for sending Donald Trump to me,” she tells PEOPLE. “I would like to return that gift. I would like my money back on the Donald Trump.”

“It was was wonderful to launch a comedy show with Donald Trump as the background,” she adds. “But I’m ready to move on with the future of the world.”

Perhaps she’ll thank the Republican Presidential nominee if she wins an Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety series.

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After 12 years as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Bee left in 2015 to launch Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. For her, comedy was really the only viable career path. “I was inspired to get into the industry of comedy by not having any alternate plan that would get me anywhere in life,” she admits. “Bad choice after bad choice led me to comedy.”

Now she and several of her former Daily Show have graduated to hosting their own shows, like Stephen Colbert and John Oliver.

Bee, 46, says they still keep in close contact: “Our Daily Show bonds are strong. We express our love for each by sending edibles,” she says, clarifying, “food edibles. Not other types of edibles. John Oliver sent us popcorn. I think we sent him banana pudding. All the shows have this tradition of sending food. It’s really an orgy of food. Who doesn’t love a good orgy … of food.”

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