Late-Night Lately: Colbert Says Sorry, 'Game of Thrones' Auditions, Jon Stewart Crashes 'Kimmel'

8:00 AM 7/15/2017

by THR Staff

THR's Late-Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests with a look at what's to come next week.

The Hollywood Reporter's Late-Night Lately is a one-stop shop for all of the most memorable moments of late-night TV, coming to you each Saturday morning to ease you into your weekend.

So fill up your coffee, set your DVR for the week and sit back. Below are a few of the week's best, funniest and strangest late-night moments you can't afford to miss.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Colbert Apologizes to Eric Trump, Jokes "We Always Thought You Were the Dumb One"

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    The Late Show host Stephen Colbert took a moment during Tuesday's show to speak to President Donald Trump's sons.

    "At this point I would like to issue a formal apology," said Colbert, following the news that Donald Trump Jr. shared emails proving that he was told the Russian government had incriminating information for him about Hillary Clinton.

    "I'd like to apologize to Eric Trump," continued Colbert. "We always thought you were the dumb one. We were wrong."

    *Colbert, along with fellow late-night hosts Samantha Bee, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver and Bill Maher, was nominated for an Emmy this week in the variety talk series category. 

  • Kimmel Finds "Leaked" Kit Harington 'Game of Thrones' Audition Tape

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    Days before the Game of Thrones season seven premiere, Jimmy Kimmel (now an Emmy nominee) revealed that Kit Harington wasn't always meant to be King of the North. 

    On Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host announced that Game of Thrones producers gave him Harington's original audition tape, which shines a light on other characters he could have become. 

    In the "never-before-seen Kit Harington screen tests," Harington tried his hand at Cersei Lannister first, clad in a blonde wig and holding a wine goblet. "In the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to have sex with my brother," said Harington, doing his best Lena Headey impression. 

    In his next take, Harington did his best Arya Stark impression, and then, of course, Ygritte, who delivered the well-known line "You know nothing, Jon Snow." He even shot an arrow straight at the cameraman. 

  • Jon Stewart Crashes Jimmy Kimmel's Interview to Tease Young Fan

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    Jimmy Kimmel was flattered when a 13-year-old centered his bar mitzvah theme around Kimmel's eponymous ABC late-night show. Kimmel sent an ice sculpture of Guillermo, recorded a video message that was played at the Jimmy Kimmel Live bar mitzvah and, on Thursday, had a video call with Rubin to congratulate him.

    As Kimmel and Rubin were speaking, Jon Stewart emerged from the back of the stage to joke how offended he was that Rubin chose Kimmel to idolize instead of him. "You probably had your choice of idolizing any talk-show host, and you could have gone with a Jew," said Stewart. 

    While speaking with Rubin he turned to Kimmel and yelled, "Sheket bevakasha!" which means "Quiet, please," in Hebrew. Stewart asked Rubin if he understood his joke and added, "You know who didn't get that joke? Jimmy Kimmel. Because he's not a Jew!"

  • Andy Serkis Reads Trump Tweets as Gollum

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    What if all of Donald Trump's tweets were read in Gollum's voice? Andy Serkis was happy to oblige Stephen Colbert's request to find out on The Late Show

    Serkis really got into it, curling up on Colbert's chair and saying, "The Fake News media has never been so wrong." Colbert grinned broadly as Serkis continued about the media's "agenda of hate." His delivery of "Sad" brought a giant round of applause from the audience.

    When faced with the covfefe tweet "Gollum" was confused. "Wait, what's covfefe, precious?" he asked.

  • Hosts Mock Donald Trump Jr., Kellyanne Conway for Latest Russia Controversy

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    Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel did not go easy on Donald Trump Jr. and his excuses this week, following the revelation that he met with a Russian lawyer to attempt to get damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

    Colbert said people are expected to believe that at the height of the presidential campaign the following happened: Trump Jr. told Manafort and Kushner, "I need you come to a meeting?" "With who?" responded Colbert as Manafort/Kushner. "I don't know." "About what?" "I'm not telling you." "OK we're in."

    Trump Jr. said that the meeting ended up being a discussion about the adoption of Russian children. "The excuse is, 'I tried to collude, but I didn't get anything,'" said Colbert. "That's like saying 'Yes, your honor, I broke into the house but there was nothing worth stealing. So if you think about it, they were robbing me.'"

    "At this point it would be easier if the Trump people just told us which Russians they hadn't met with," said Trevor Noah in his segment recapping the Trump Jr. revelations. "I don't even think Russian people hang out with this many Russians."

    He, like Colbert, mocked Trump Jr. for defending himself by saying the Russian source he met with never ended up giving him productive information. "I only met with that other woman because I thought she wanted to f—," said Noah as Trump Jr. "Turns out she only wanted me to meet Jesus, so how you going to call me a cheater, girl?"

    "That is batshit crazy," said Noah. "Donald Jr.'s defense is that he tried to collude but instead he got Russian catfished?"

    Jimmy Kimmel had his own "interview" with Kellyanne Conway, who asked him to define what the word "meeting" was.

    "Jimmy do you eat meat?" said fake Conway. "Is that a meeting?"

    "Listen, we should be focusing on Hillary Clinton and the she-mails she's been hiding," continued fake Conway, eventually leading Kimmel to give up.

  • Late-Night Lineup: July 16-22

    Monday, July 17
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: The CBS host's "Russia Week" begins with bits from his trip abroad, along with guests Al Gore and Insecure's Issa Rae. 

    Tuesday, July 18
    Watch What Happens Live: Will Andy Cohen be able to get more information out of T.J. Miller about his Silicon Valley exit? 

    Wednesday, July 19
    Conan: His week of Comic-Con shows kicks off with the casts of Bright (Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez and Lucy Fry) and The CW's Supernatural

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