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Samantha Bee, 'steeped in womanness,' prepares to go 'Full Frontal' in late night

The former "Daily Show" correspondent will be breaking new ground for women in television with her show.
/ Source: TODAY

As one of the few women to ever headline her own late-night talk show, former "Daily Show" correspondent Samantha Bee is positively buzzing.

Being the only woman in late night TV "does matter to me," she said during a visit to TODAY Friday. "It's not the main focus of my life ... It's not all that the show is about, but it will be a big part of the show, because I'm steeped in womanness."

At this, she gestured to her female proportions. "I mean, take a look!"

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Women often get short shrift in comedy, but in Bee's household, it runs in the family: She's married to fellow former "Daily" correspondent Jason Jones, who will be headlining his own TBS program (the sitcom "The Detour") starting in April.

Samantha Bee and Jason Jones keep things funny — at least between themselves — at home.
Samantha Bee and Jason Jones keep things funny — at least between themselves — at home.TODAY

"We still make each other laugh," she said of their relationship. But that's where the laughter stops, apparently — because their three children are not in on the joke.

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"The children don't find us funny at all," she admitted. "That's the natural order of things. They're not supposed to find you entertaining or cool in the least, and they definitely don't."

Here's hoping her audience is more forgiving!

"Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" will air regularly on TBS; the premiere on Sunday, February 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET will air simultaneously on TBS, TNT, Adult Swim, TruTV and HLN.

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