Samantha Bee Is Really Enjoying Her "I Don’t Give a Damn" Years

Samantha Bee, as predicted, had a big 2016. And with her news comedy series, Full Frontal, renewed for 2017, it looks like this year will be even bigger.

"Of course we’re picking up the show," TBS' Thom Hinkle said of Bee in a statement. "In less than a year, Sam has become one of the most talked-about personalities in all of television."

It's because she says what she likes—which tends to be, as a lot of people have noticed, what people are thinking. And courtesy of the president-elect, she's going to have plenty of material.

"I am only sorry that this renewal leaves me unavailable for a cabinet position in the new administration," Bee said in the statement. "I will, however, be available to host the White House Correspondents Dinner, seeing as I already bought the dress."

And don't expect Bee to hold back now that Trump will actually be the President.

"Jo Miller [Bee's show runner] and I have been joking that we’re in our 'I don’t give a damn' years," Bee told The New York Times this week. "We’re not trying to impress anyone anymore.' We’re just doing what we find satisfying, and hope others will too."

It feels like a safe bet to say if you like what you've seen so far, you'll like what's coming.

Bee's own response to the show's success is a please-learn-something-here mix: pride at a job well done, and humor. She knows some people couldn't care less about the show—including her family.

"My daughter is in fifth grade, and they played a clip from my show in her class. And she didn’t tell anyone she was my daughter!" she told the Times. "I said, "I'm not trying to blow my own horn here, but you didn't think that would be interesting for your class?"

Ditto her parents. "They’re not overly impressed," she added. "My mom will still call me up and go, 'I didn't care for that red blazer'."

But she knows she's done the work, and has made the decision not to people-please.

"I don't think I always succeed at it, but I always am trying to do better," she told Fast Company recently. "I don’t worry about reaching people at allWe are serving ourselves, trying to make a show that we like, that we find satisfying."

She's one of many women who've talked about the liberation that comes with age. Another is veteran TV journalist Jane Pauley, in the same Times interview. "In your late 40s, early 50s, all the baggage of daughterhood and sisterhood just falls away," Pauley said. "You can't even remember why it was important to be so careful. I've never felt freer."

For Bee, "not giving a damn" doesn't mean crashing in blindly.

"We’re facing a new reality after the election," she said.

"These next four years are going to require a broad coalition of straight-up decency. And we’re going to need to be able to talk to people who would normally feel alienated by my show. I’m trying to think how those conversations can take place.

"I’m starting to imagine America as a giant Thanksgiving table where we may need some ground rules before we break bread. Maybe some things will have to be off limits if we’re going to find the humanity on the other side of the aisle—some contact points."

What "not giving a damn" means, for Samantha Bee and her show, is not being afraid to speak to everyone around the table, whatever politics they stand for—and to make sure they all get heard.

Full Frontal will air Wednesday nights from January 11.

H/t: The New York Times