Megyn Kelly, she famously late of NBC, was fired not long ago from her NBC morning show. The New York Post’s “Page Six” headlined the Kelly story this way: “Megyn Kelly out at NBC After Defending Blackface." The Post story began: “Megyn Kelly is out at NBC following controversial comments she made about blackface this week, a source told Page Six.”
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.
On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter released an extensive poll on the news habits of consumers plus a poll of 51 cable and broadcast network news hosts and late-night comedy hosts. In the full blog, check out the seven areas that The Hollywood Reporter article on their own poll didn’t have quite the time to do a deep dive on.
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.
The late-night hosts hate Donald Trump, so the idea that they would make friendly alliances shouldn’t be shocking. But as we’ve come to understand, in today’s world anything that reflects negatively on this president becomes “news.” So when Stephen Colbert at CBS called up Jimmy Kimmel at NBC and Conan O’Brien at TBS for a joint mockery of Trump, the liberal media jazzed up its importance as "Historic."
Everyone’s favorite liberal commentator, that esteemed analyst, Rob Reiner, has an opinion again. Heaven help us.
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.
On June 20, Jimmy Fallon welcomed teenage school-shooting survivors David and Lauren Hogg to promote their new gun-control manifesto, #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line. David Hogg told Fallon he survived the shooting by recording other students and planning on how, if he died, his voice could still echo for "positive change" in Congress.
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.
The entertainment world has readied the battlefield for the resistance with scripted and unscripted shows.
Saturday Night Live comedian Kate McKinnon admitted on NBC’s Tonight Show Tuesday that she had a public meltdown when she heard that Hillary Clinton mentioned her in her election memoir. “I sank to my knees,” McKinnon admitted to host Jimmy Fallon, “So I would always remember that moment,” she gushed.
The Washington Free Beacon watched so the rest of us didn’t have to. Ace reporter Conor Beck got the goods, and headlined them thusly: “Late-Night Comedy Shows Ignore Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Allegations
Hosts pounced on similar allegations against Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes.” Here at NewsBusters Scott Whitlock was on the case as well, headlining: “Not Speaking Truth to Power: ‘Brave’ Late Night Hosts Skip Weinstein Sex Scandal.”