A segment of 'Full Frontal' inadvertently mocked a cancer patient

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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, 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.”

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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