When viewers of the segment began to compare Bee's words to the cancellation of Rosanne Barr, who was fired by ABC for making racist comments, [link?], many came to Bee’s defense.
Journalist Kris M. Wernowsky said, "Not to quibble with morons, but the government telling a cable network to cancel a television show because of something Samantha Bee said, THAT, is the definition of censorship. A network caving to public pressure to fire Roseanne is not. There's a difference." This tweet has since been deleted, but is quoted by TheCut.com.
Dahlia Balcazar, a writer, editor, and podcaster, tweeted, "Samantha Bee hates Ivanka Trump. // Roseanne Barr hates Black people. // See the difference?"
Guitarist for the band Beartooth, Taylor Lumley, said, "Listen, Samantha Bee calling Ivanka Trump a Cunt is not comparable to Roseanne Barr referring to a black woman as a child of the Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes. // One is vulgar, the other is flat out racist. So just cut the fucking bullshit already." This tweet has also since been deleted, but is quoted by TheCut.com.
Megyn Kelly, host of “The Megyn Kelly Show,” tweeted, "And how are we expected to take any of these publications seriously if they gleefully repost something like this at the same time they (rightfully) condemn @therealroseanne? You know the saying Love is Love? Well Hate is Hate."
Comedian and host of “Daily Show” Trevor Noah told The Los Angeles Times, “What was interesting to me was how people conflated issues and ideas. They went, ‘Oh, Roseanne was the same as Sam Bee. I was like, ‘Look, man, one white woman calling another white woman a word is not the same as a white person calling a black person an ape. We’re dealing with different issues here.’”