TBS's Full Frontal With Samantha Bee paid a visit to Philadelphia last month, where the show's namesake host interviewed District Attorney Larry Krasner. But that wasn't all Bee got up to when she was in town, as a segment slated to air tonight shows.
Full Frontal will feature a Philadelphia-filmed segment focusing on undocumented immigrants in the restaurant industry on Wednesday night's episode at 10:30 on TBS. Krasner's interview will not appear in the segment, a network spokesperson said.
Instead, the show's Philly segment will feature appearances from Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi and Philadelphia chef Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa and El Compadre fame.
According to an episode description, Bee's Philly bit will focus on "introducing you to the undocumented immigrants that make your food." Lakshmi, an outspoken critic of the Trump administration's policies toward undocumented immigrants, appears in the segment to "supervise."
Bee made the trek to Philadelphia in July, which included filming at Center City's Franklin Inn Club, a social club with a literary bent that was founded in 1902. As member Basil Talbott told the Inquirer, Full Frontal producers settled on the location because they were looking for a "bookish, intellectual look" for interviews, and the Franklin Inn Club fit because it "looks like something out of old Philadelphia."
During the visit, Talbott said, Bee interviewed Krasner in the club's first-floor foyer, and followed that up with an interview with a group of supporters in the building's second-floor library. Krasner was not part of the second interview. Neither TBS nor the DA's Office would elaborate on what Krasner and Bee discussed.
"Unfortunately, we're people that immigrated without studies," Martinez told the Inquirer last year, "but with the desire to work and take care of our families."