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.
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.
Democratic Michigan Representative John Conyers Jr. found himself in the spotlight on Tuesday after BuzzFeed reported that the Congressman paid $27,000 in a settlement allegedly linked to sexual harassment. “[Conyers] settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not ‘succumb to [his] sexual advances,’” BuzzFeed wrote. But that wasn’t enough for ABC and CBS who downplayed the accusations throughout the day.
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is apparently still making media appearances to promote her election memoir, What Happened, that was released nearly a month ago. Wednesday night she was warmly received on NBC’s The Tonight Show, where the host asked her how she would’ve done things differently as President, and devoted an emotional “thank you notes” segment solely to Clinton, gushing over how “poised” “gracious” and accomplished Clinton was.
Rachel Maddow obviously doesn’t have to be hosting her liberal weeknight show on MSNBC to take advantage of any opportunity to slam President Donald Trump. Her latest chance came while she was a guest on the Thursday evening edition of NBC’s Tonight Show, when host Jimmy Fallon sang her praises “as the best person to talk to about all the tweets” the GOP occupant of the White House is posting about the national anthem controversy in National Football League games instead of the hurricane that has left Puerto Rico in tatters.
In what could be another contender for the Media Research Center’s annual DisHonors’ “Obamagasm Award,” Madonna admitted she still has “erotic dreams” about President Obama, ever since she met him in 2016. She shared this bit of unwelcome information with host Jimmy Fallon on Monday's The Tonight Show on NBC.
On Monday, the late night comedy show hosts from all three networks came out strongly against President Trump, for what they deemed was an inadequate and “shameful” reaction the violence in Charlottesville. While NBC’s Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon didn’t veer into crass and extreme rhetoric like NBC’s other, more colorful late-night host Seth Meyers did, Fallon still called out Trump for his “shameful” response to Charlottesville. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel also made several jokes claiming Trump was a member of the KKK.
While scanning YouTube videos, I came across an appearance by Ronald Reagan on The Tonight Show, hosted by Johnny Carson. The year was 1975 and Reagan was "between jobs," having left office as governor of California, where he served for eight years, but not yet president. He would challenge Gerald Ford for the Republican nomination in 1976, barely losing at the nominating convention, but setting himself up for what would be a successful run in 1980.
Jimmy Fallon has a funny way of approaching his late night gig. The former Saturday Night Live star thinks it’s all about making people laugh at the end of the day. It’s not divisive, or corrosive. The “Fallon” method treats guests like … guests. Politics are fair game, but it’s not what matters most.
The liberal media will never forgive Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon for momentarily treating Donald Trump like a normal guest when the then-presidential candidate appeared on the show last September. New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff returned to the subject in a long profile of Fallon, with particular focus on the crime of Fallon playfully mussing Trump’s hair as a harmful humanization of the man, and implying that fateful incident caused Fallon’s show to be overtaken in the ratings by more left-wing ideological competition like the vulgar Stephen Colbert. The online headline: “Jimmy Fallon Was on Top of the World. Then Came Trump.”
Just a few days after CBS’s Stephen Colbert unleashed a vulgar tirade against President Trump, a new study has documented just how unfriendly late night TV has been to the new Commander-in-Chief. The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University counted an incredible 1,060 jokes directed against Trump during the President’s first 100 days in office. That’s more than ten times as many barbs as aimed at all Democrats — combined — during the same period (95), and considerably more than both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton received during the entire first year of their presidencies (936 and 440 jokes, respectively).