Even after the prosecution mysteriously dropped all sixteen charges against Jussie Smollett, the actor still hasn’t won approval in the court of public opinion. When even your Hollywood peers are mocking you, it’s a sure sign your career is toast. On Monday’s Tonight Show, Comedian Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”) took aim at Smollett’s ridiculous story, mocking each part of his tall tale.
Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno tried to walk back some of his comments he made this week about late night comedy, on The View, Wednesday. Perhaps because President Trump seized on the comments, Leno clarified to the hosts that he “loved” the anti-Trump lineup on television and peppered his interview with high praise for President Obama.
Appearing on the third hour of NBC’s Today show on Tuesday, former Tonight Show host Jay Leno lamented how “everyone has to know your politics” now if you’re a late-night comedian. He mentioned that he prided himself on not letting viewers know his political views and feared that many comedians have become too “one-sided” when it comes to politics.
On Sunday's MediaBuzz show on Fox News Channel, host Howard Kurtz gave a commentary in which he highlighted recent media double standards on the issue of whites wearing blackface, including the firing of Megyn Kelly from NBC's Today show simply for mildly defending the practice, when several prominent liberals affiliated with NBC and in other places have openly done routines in blackface in the not too distant past.
For several years, late-night talk show hosts have regularly hurled their barbs at President Trump, but on Monday, most liberal comics instead made fun of Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, who was allegedly found in a 1984 yearbook that contained a picture of one man in blackface and another wearing a KKK costume. Most of the time, Jimmy Kimmel -- host of his eponymous show on ABC -- and Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show on NBC lead the way in attacks on the late-night front, but this time they avoided the day’s biggest topic, probably because both comedians have previously used blackface makeup in their careers.
The Washington Post knows a thing or two about being partisan as a business strategy. So the paper brought a rare level of expertise to a Friday article about how super-charging late night comedy shows with anti-Trump shtick is good for business and gaining a more loyal fanbase. According to The Post, being woke doesn’t work for all entertainers, but for many willing to commit to the political routine, Trump is the gift that keeps on giving.
Jimmy Fallon had a distinct advantage entering the Age of Trump. The former Saturday Night Live star hadn’t cut his teeth with sharp political satire like his peers. We knew him for his wicked Boston accent, a killer Mick Jagger impression and his Everydude charm. It’s partly why NBC chose him to succeed Jay Leno as host of the iconic Tonight Show in 2014.
Sunday night, President Trump sent out a tweet telling Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to “be a man” and stand up to liberal pressure. Fallon has been attacked from the left for his September 15, 2016 interview with Trump, with critics claiming he humanized the then-presidential nominee. During the interview, Fallon famously messed up Trump’s hair to prove it was not a wig.
Appearing on Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co. Friday morning, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell called on liberals to denounce the effort by the “radical left” to “censor” and “destroy” any media figure who supports, or even just shows kindness toward, President Trump.
Dr. Evil of Austin Powers fame made a guest appearance on Wednesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon. The villain came on the show to talk about his recent firing from the Trump administration, because even his over-the-top vision of world domination apparently was not evil or wicked enough to last in President Trump’s terrifying regime. Late night comedy is so creative, isn’t it?
Longtime late night television producer Peter Lassally sat down with CBS News correspondent Mo Rocca on CBS’s Sunday Morning March 11, to discuss his illustrious life and career in Hollywood. Somehow along the way, Lassally found a way to insert President Trump into the somber conversation about what his life was like as a boy living in a concentration camp under Nazi rule.
Trying to keep up with the left-wing activism of his late-night competitors Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, during a live edition of NBC’s Tonight Show after the Super Bowl, host Jimmy Fallon put new words to Bob Dylan’s 1964 song Times They Are A Changin’ in order to attack Donald Trump and hail the liberal media.