The current political situation in the United States has been extremely divisive between liberal and conservative parties. This divide has been extremely obvious in the media and in entertainment. It recently has become the forefront of discussion in late night television as one popular host has been criticized for making some politically charged comments (http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-sean-hannity-jimmy-kimmel-20180407-story.html)
During a recent segment of the show, late night host Jimmy Kimmel made a comment that was making fun at the accent of first lady Melania Trump. While the joke was met with some laughs, others did find it a good offensive and controversial. Ultimately, Kimmel decided to apologize for his comments. While it seemed that this would be the end of it, Sean Hannity has continued to keep it in the news.
Sean Hannity is a host on Fox News and is very well known for carrying a lot of very conservative opinions. He has also been a supporter of Donald Trump in a variety of situations. Because of this, and the fact that Kimmel’s comments were very rude and offensive, Hannity has sided against Kimmel.
While Hannity is clearly able to support the President and First Lady, he has continued to carry on about the comments that Kimmel has made. He has even gone as far as to say that he would like to “bash” Kimmel for the comments that were made. Most people would agree that Kimmel’s comments were a bit rude, but most also agree that Hannity needs to drop it and move on.
This season’s “it” girl, Tiffany Haddish, made the late night talk show rounds this week, delighting the audience with her interview on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon as she recounted her plans to get together with Brad Pitt. The story started during the 2018 Oscars when she joked with daytime talk show host Kelly Ripa about her chance meeting with Pitt in an elevator. Pitt and Haddish made a pact to get together if they are both still single in one year. Fallon got wind of this pact and led Haddish to role-play an imaginary date with Pitt. The popular late night talk show host went so far as to create a cardboard cut of Pitt’s head to make the date more realistic. Haddish jokes that she could never take the proposal to date Pitt seriously after she found out about all of his kids. She also took the opportunity with Fallon to address the rumors about who bit Beyonce, suggesting that it was Fallon who did the deed.
Haddish hit the stage in a big way last year with the surprise hit movie Girls Trip, in which she starred alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Regina Hall. Her flair for comedy blossomed when in November, she became the first black female host of Saturday Night Live. Haddish will explore television later this year when she co-stars with Tracey Morgan in the new TBS sitcom, The Last O.G..
Sean Hannity, anchor of Hannity on Fox News, recently compared Jimmy Kimmel, ABC late night talk show host, with Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein is currently facing criminal charges in the State of New York.
Hannity’s comments come as a form of counter-attack to Kimmel’s jokes about Melania Trump. “This is brutal,” Hannity began, on his prime-time Fox News opinion show. “Liberal Jimmy Kimmel making fun the First Lady of the United States and her involvement in the White House Easter egg roll. Jimmy, you’re a despicable disgrace.”
“About dis and dat,” Kimmel said as he teased Melania Trump after playing a video of her reading to children. This was the joke that resulted in Hannity calling Jimmy Kimmel a despicable disgrace. Kimmel also questioned how deeply the First Lady was actually involved the orchestration of the actual event.
Kimmel responded to Hannity’s vicious attack on his own television show. “I appreciate how compassionate you’ve become to the plights of immigrants over the last 24 hours.” Kimmel began. “You know what I think is disrespectful to the first lady?” he asked. “Cheating on her with a porn star after she had a baby.” Kimmel was referencing the recent news about Donald Trump’s involvement with porn star Stormy Daniels.
This isn’t the first time Hannity has beefed with late night comedians. Late night hosts such as Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, and Jimmy Fallon have all targeted Hannity with their jokes during recent years.
As an American talkshow host with Irish roots, Jimmy Fallon wasn’t about to miss an opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The late-night maestro made a stop at his favorite spot for such occasions—Molly’s Pub. Starting off his St. Paddy’s Day with a Guinness and a corned beef sandwich, Fallon refused to start eating his sandwich until he received what he believed was a key component—the Colman’s hot mustard that pulls everything together.
Throughout the entire experience, Fallon had a friendly banter with his hilarious waitress, who referred to him as a “diva” when he demanded the mustard. Although Fallon is now a dad of two and rarely gets a chance to light up the town like he did back in his early twenties, the host seemed extraordinarily content with his evening out at Molly’s. Of course, Fallon is far from the only person with whom Molly’s is popular. As one of the most popular pubs in the whole city, there’s no doubt that Fallon’s trip was only a precursor of the exciting evening about to unfold. Although this pub will provide hospitality to a big late-night TV star when he arrives, the management realizes that its main duty is to cater to the general public. Like Fallon, chances are that others were craving a Guinness and a corned beef sandwich on this epic Irish day.
When it comes to late night talk shows, the formula can become a bit mundane. Typically a celebrity comes on the show, shares a small anecdote, and promotes their latest endeavor. However, when Jennifer Lawrence made her latest appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, they decided to change up the formula.
Initially there to promote her latest film, Red Sparrow, Colbert kicked off the interview by discussing how Lawrence has recently filled in for another late night host, Jimmy Kimmel. Because of this Lawrence shared the pressures she felt having to come up with questions to ask and that she was actually feeling a bit of pressure right then and there with Stephen.
At this point the typical late night formula broke when Colbert offered Lawrence a drink. He pulled out a hidden bottle of rum he kept behind his desk and the two shared a few glasses of rum together.
The mood during the interview quickly changed from a bit timid to loose and open. The two quickly began joking about past interviews, lawsuits they’ve had to deal with, and even both took their shoes off to become a bit more comfortable. Lawrence even went as far to joke, “Oh man, I should not have had this. I have the premiere for the movie tonight!”
While it wasn’t the typical interview, it was just as entertaining with many saying it was a breath of fresh air and showed that “celebrities are just like us!”
Stephen Colbert made introductions to two celebrities who have been itching to be BFFs for some time. On Wednesday night’s episode of The Late Show, he made dreams come true for two of his guests, Reese Witherspoon and Adam Rippon.
Actress Reese Witherspoon has been an admirer of figure skater Adam ‘Ripp’ Rippon since watching the recent 2018 Winter Olympics, during which he won a bronze medal. The athlete has been a huge Witherspoon fan ever since he first saw her in Legally Blonde. After communicating only through social media, these gushing besties to be finally met face to face on live television.
Witherspoon had tweeted that Adam Rippon was the number one reason to watch the Winter Olympics. Rippon also took to Twitter to reply with a movie idea, suggesting to Reese that “You (played by you) tweet me in the middle of the night at the Olympics and I (played by me) die immediately. ”
The two hit it off just as well in person. They greeted one another with a hug, and Reese told Adam that he was even more handsome in person than on the ice. During Colbert’s interview, they held hands. Witherspoon commented that “This is meant to be … a relationship the world has been waiting for.”
Reese Witherspoon stars in the newly released A Wrinkle In Time alongside Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling. Adam Rippon is currently on a press tour after winning his bronze medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics for the figure skating team event.
Although television audiences are not accustomed to seeing Jimmy Kimmel in a tuxedo, this year he got decked out in Tom Ford duds for a turn as the host of the 90th Academy Awards. Kimmel’s monologue set the tone for the show. While calling attention to important social issues of our day, Kimmel also cracked some great jokes.
Of course, Kimmel addressed what happened the last time he hosted the Oscars. During the infamous 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the incorrect envelope for Best Picture. Consequently, the wrong film was announced as the winner. The aftermath that ensued was one of the most wild moments in television history. People in headsets swarmed the stage as the producers of La La Land—who were already giving speeches—were told that Moonlight was the actual winner. Kimmel sprang into action and attempted to lighten the mood by yelling, “Warren, what did you do?” as the mess was sorted out.
Perhaps for this reason, the Academy Awards team decided to give the late-night host another shot at the Oscars this year. They also called upon Beatty and Dunaway to do the honors in announcing Best Picture once again. Luckily, another Envelopegate was easily avoided this year. When presenters walked out onto the set this year, it could be seen that the outside of the envelopes were clearly marked with categories. This was just one of many changes made to ensure that no slip-ups occurred.
On a black box set backed by jazz piano and gypsy violin, John Mellencamp’s bluesy voice poured out the lines to his 2017 hit, Easy Target, Thursday night on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Singing with the lines ‘Easy targets, our country’s broken heart’, John took a knee and then raised a fist as the final notes of the violin played.
The gestures referenced the ongoing silent racial protests by current athletes and civil rights protests during the ’68 Olympics. The raised clenched fist is a centuries old gesture that represents togetherness and unity. Also known as genuflection, taking a knee is an even older gesture showing respect or reverence. This is why athletes go down on one knee when there is an injured player on the field or when listening to the coach. By taking a knee, Mellencamp showed respect to current athletes that are both respecting the flag and all of the people it represents. This includes those that are considered easy targets.
In his Netflix documentary, John talks about how people treated fellow singer Fred Booker in his first band, Crape Soul. John mentioned it was fine while they were performing, but when the music stopped, onlookers would want ‘that boy’ gone, referring to his 16 year old bandmate. Back then, he and Booker fought the racial biases both on and off the stage. John’s gestures on Colbert were one more uppercut in a fight that he’s been a part of since the 60s.
Former talk show host, Jay Leno admitted to news sources that he does not miss anything about late night television or his talk show. Leno set the stage for a new generation of late night talk hosts that still carry on his style of humor to a new generation. Leno states that it is much more difficult to do a late night talk show. Things were different when he hosted his show. It was all about making fun of politicians and life situations. Now, things have turned very dark and become very negative.
Leno Reveals Feelings About New Hosts
Jay Leno had plenty to share about the new league of late night talk show hosts that are over the airwaves now. He stated in a recent interview that there are several late night talk show hosts that he has really come to admire. They include Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Myers. He further states that those late night hosts have made late night talk shows surprisingly funny again through all the negativity that is happening in the world.
Many Jay Leno fans would like to know if he would consider returning to late night television in a streaming program similar to former late night talk show host, David Letterman. Leno stated that he is not thinking about returning to late night television. He’s primarily focused on the work he’s involved with at the moment.
Gwendolyn Christie appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the first time on December 4. The British actress, best known for her role as Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones, came on the late night show to discuss her role in the new film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. During the course of her conversation with the late night host, Christie revealed that her role as Captain Phasma was originally intended to be much smaller. However, J.J. Abrams enjoyed her character so much, he opted to expand the role. Christie discussed her appreciation for the character of Captain Phasma, stating that the character’s full body armor is a deliberate attempt to draw the audience’s focus away from her appearance and level of attractiveness. She acknowledged that her affinity for the role of Captain Phasma is largely based on the opportunity to hide her face and body inside concealing armor. Unlike Brienne in Game of Thrones, who is often mocked for her looks, Captain Phasma is completely hidden beneath her chromium-polished armor.
Christie declined to offer the audience any spoilers for The Last Jedi, but revealed that the mysterious Captain Phasma has a dark past. She also discussed her early life as a child growing up in the country and her preference for city life. Colbert asked Christie about her dramatic training in London, and she confessed that the stagework she undertook at Drama Centre London dampened her love of wearing designer clothes.