A 20-year-old journalist with stage 4 brain cancer has called comedian Samantha Bee’s explanation for why he was mocked on her show as a “half-apology.” In a segment about the Conservative Political Action Conference, Kyle Coddington was picked out due to his haircut. The piece was narrated by Full Frontal producer Mike Rubens. He referred to Coddington’s haircut as “Nazi hair.”
The day after the piece went out, TBS issued a statement saying they had only learned of Coddington’s fight against cancer after the segment aired.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Coddington Thanked Bee’s Show for Donating $1,000 to His Fight
In an appearance on Fox and Friends on March 10, Coddington said that he was “thankful” for Bee’s donation of $1,000 to his Go Fund Me page. Though he was unimpressed with Bee’s apology saying, “It’s kind of a half-apology I would say. The effects of this go much further than just me and an illness itself. It’s just inconsiderate and unprofessional to lump together people with a certain hairstyle for the way they look.”
He spoke about his prognosis as he battles stage 4 glioblastoma, “I pray every day that God gives me peace about my diagnosis and He does, so I don’t worry about it. … Stay positive, fight, never give up. That’s the worst thing you can do.”
Following his appearance on Fox News, Coddington’s Go Fund Me page has raised nearly $80,000.
2. It Was Coddington’s Sister Who First Called Bee Out on Twitter
It was Coddington’s sister, Meg Coddington, who first called out Ful Frontal on Twitter saying:
The offending clip was removed from the show’s YouTube channel, you can watch the edited version above. An unedited version remains on the website for Outset Magazine. Coddington is a writer with Outset. The magazine says in their article on Coddington that he had “recently completed his first round of chemotherapy and radiation.”
While Coddington struck a lighter tone while dealing with the segment:
3. Despite Being Proud that the President Retweeted His Fox Appearance, Coddington Is Not a Trump Fan
In social media posts and in his writings for Outset Magazine, Coddington does not appear to be a Donald Trump supporter and certainly not a white supremacist. On February 28, he wrote on Facebook about his visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. saying, “As hard as I tried, I could not make it through without crying. What the millions of men, women, and children went though was so repulsive and inhumane it’s almost imaginable.”
During his appearance on Fox News, Coddington said that he is a registered Democrat. On his Twitter page, Coddington identifies himself as a “Reaganite.” He told Fox & Friends, “I have been hesitant of supporting Donald Trump from Day 1 and was only ‘Never Trump’ through the entirety of the 2016 election cycle.” Posts on his Facebook page indicates that Coddington supported Marco Rubio in 2016.
Though he wrote on Facebook following his Fox News appearance, “I would have to say the cherry on top of it all was the President of the United States re-tweeting the video of me on Fox and Friends! Unbelievable!”
4. He’s a Political Science Major at the University of Pittsburgh
On his bio on Outset Magazine’s website, Coddington says that he was “born and raised outside of Pittsburgh.” Coddington adds that he has always been interested in politics. He is a political science major at the University of Pittsburgh and is “active in local politics.”
Coddington has also studied at Pensacola Christian College and works for Paragon Talk Radio. His hometown is Boswell, Pennsylvania. On Twitter, Coddington calls himself a “politico” and a “coffee connoisseur.”
Coddington’s Go Fund Me page was set up by family friends. Those friends say, “The Coddingtons are a family of 7 and we know that the medical and associated travel expenses are going to be a challenge. Kyle will be undergoing aggressive chemo and radiation therapy. The Coddingtons are Christians and are trusting God through all of this.”
5. Patients Can Live for Up to 5 Years While Fighting Stage 4 Glioblastoma
According to Oxford University’s October 2007 Journal of Neurology, those under the age of 60 who have been diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, can live for up to five years.
The New Health Guide describes stage 4 cancer as: “This is the scariest cancer stage. This is because the disease has already spread to almost all parts of the body and chances of curing it are low. In other words, it is hard to treat stage 4 cancer.”
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