March 09, 2017 06:45 PM

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Samantha Bee issued an apology after a Full Frontal segment on Wednesday night inadvertently mocked a cancer patient for having “Nazi hair.”

“We deeply apologize for offending @_that_kyle in our CPAC segment,” read a statement released on the show’s Twitter feed. “We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece.”

In a video clip that has since been deleted from YouTube (but later re-uploaded after it was edited, see above), Bee’s producer and correspondent Michael Rubens covered the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “This venerable conference has long celebrated traditional small-government conservatism,” the narrator said. “Just last year, CPAC was dominated by Ted Cruz supporters and chirpy little s—s with bowties, but Donald Trump, worried about a poor reception, canceled his appearance.” He added, “This year, the bowties were gone and replaced by Nazi hair, Nazi hair, Nazi hair. F— off.”

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The third utterance of “Nazi hair” was said over footage of Kyle Coddington, a contributor to the conservative website OUTSET. “Please delete this episode. I look like a balding potato,” Coddington tweeted before adding, “Also, it’s not a Nazi haircut. Richard Spencer’s is, but mine’s from cancer.”

According to the outlet’s editor-in-chief Stephen Perkins, Coddington “was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer and recently completed his first round of chemotherapy and radiation.” Perkins wrote in a statement, “On a personal note, as someone who has the pleasure of working with Kyle here at OUTSET, I urge Samantha Bee to release an apology for this sick attempt at a joke. Perhaps labeling someone because of their appearance is not the best approach.”

Rubens commented on the issue on his personal Twitter account: “We didn’t know – we sincerely apologize & have reached out to him, & the show is making a donation to cancer research inst.”

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