Late-Night Lately: Ariana Grande Carpool Karaoke, Omarosa Book Tour, Aretha Franklin Tributes

8:00 AM 8/18/2018

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.

Late Night Lately - Aug 18-H 2018.
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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.

This week: Ariana Grande had a musical week at The Late Late Show, appearing in a Titanic bit with James Corden before participating in her Carpool Karaoke segment. Plus, the hosts had a field day with Omarosa Manigault Newman's new Trump tell-all, addressing her claims, the president's responses and more. She even stopped by The Daily Show to share her stories with Trevor Noah. Then things turned somber Thursday night as several hosts and special guests paid tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. 

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman 

  • Ariana Grande Joins James Corden for "Carpool Karaoke," 'Titanic' Bit

    Ariana Grande joined James Corden for the late-night host's latest "Carpool Karaoke" segment on Wednesday, where they sang along to many of her hit songs and took a break to grab coffee from Starbucks.

    In the car, the duo discussed Grande's childhood birthday parties, like her Jaws-themed party when she was 2 years old. "No kids came."

    Grande and Corden had a few sing-a-long sessions to "Side to Side" and "Dangerous Woman" and "God Is a Woman." The singer listed some of her musical inspirations, including Celine Dion, which led to Grande doing her best Celine Dion impression. 

    When asked about the strangest assumption about her as a pop star, Grande replied that tabloids "really want me to be pregnant" but there was also a rumor about her needing to be carried everywhere. So when they stopped at Starbucks, Corden insisted he carry Grande in on his back.

    Grande introduced herself to the baristas inside: "Hello. I'm Ariana Grande. I must be carried. If you see me anywhere, it's because I didn't walk there."

    Earlier this week on The Late Late Show, Grande and Corden reenacted Titanic as a pop-inspired musical across 13 songs, including Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl" and "The Way I Are" by Timbaland.

  • The Hosts Take on Omarosa's New Book

    Late-night hosts dug in to former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's recent bombshell announcements this week that she had recorded conversations during her time working for President Donald Trump. 

    Stephen Colbert noted that Manigault Newman was just the latest in a long line of disgruntled former Trump administration employees. "Her most shocking allegation is that she had heard a tape…where Donald Trump used the N-word,” Colbert said. “Finally, we have proof that a guy who refused to rent to black tenants, said that a Nazi-Klan rally had some fine people and called Africa a shithole is a racist.”

    Seth Meyers dedicated much of his "Closer Look" segment to the topic. "This is what happens when you're a con artist who surrounds himself with other con artists," Meyers said. "You think you're picking everyone else's pockets and then one day you reach for your own wallet and it's not there and you look up and Michael Cohen's eating it."

    Jimmy Fallon addressed the feud by reminding The Tonight Show audience that while there was a new episode of Bachelor in Paradise that night, "if you really want to see some reality stars go at it on TV, just check out Omarosa and President Trump."

    After sharing that Manigault Newman released the audio recording of Kelly firing her, James Corden explained that Kelly said she was fired due to "significant integrity issues." Corden responded, "Nothing says 'I don't have integrity issues' like recording your boss in the top-secret Situation Room."

    Corden explained that Kelly told Manigault Newman that her reputation will stay intact if she leaves her position on friendly terms. "That's also what they tell me when I'm asked to leave Ben & Jerry's," he said.

    Jimmy Kimmel also addressed the feud on Tuesday. "I'm not sure who I'm supposed to root for in this," he said. "It's like Lord Voldemort versus King Joffrey."

    Kimmel also read the tweet in which Trump calls Manigault Newman a dog. "Only Donald Trump would defend himself from being racist by saying something sexist," he said.

    On Tuesday, Manigault Newman stopped by The Daily Show, where she told Trevor Noah that she was "not trolling" the Trump administration by selectively leaking recordings of alleged conversations in the White House and on the 2016 campaign trail. "I just want them to know that everything that you see in Unhinged, that’s quoted, can be verified as documented and corroborated."

    The White House denied the book's contents as "lies" and "false accusations." When asked if she was worried about Trump’s retaliation, Omarosa was not coy: “If you see me in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear.”

  • Remembering Aretha Franklin

    After news broke that Aretha Franklin had died at 76 on Thursday, late-night hosts commemorated the soul singer during their shows later in the day. 

    On The Tonight Show, Ariana Grande and The Roots opened the show by paying tribute to Franklin with her 1967 single "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."

    Fallon also took a moment during his show to pay his respects to Franklin, who he said was a fan. “We loved Aretha. She was a fan of late night back when no one was watching us,” the host said. “She was so funny and so charming and was so nice to our staff top to bottom … I just love her so much and I’m just happy I got to know her for a little bit.”

    On The Late Show, Colbert announced that his house band, Stay Human, would be playing Franklin's songs throughout Thursday's show. "But with no vocals, because no one can sing that," added Jon Batiste. "Irreplaceable." After Colbert concurred, calling Franklin's death "truly heartbreaking," Batiste added, "There was something in her voice that was so transcendent. She was [singing] in the past, but she was telling our future."

    Colbert remembered watching her live at the Kennedy Center: "I remember just levitating on a cloud of my own tears," he said. 

    Jimmy Kimmel addressed Franklin in an interview with Don Cheadle, who earlier in the day had tweeted a personal story about the soul singer. In January 2017, he said, he received a call from Franklin, who had recently seen Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis movie starring Cheadle. "She had just seen the movie, she was impressed by the movie and I was knocked out," Cheadle told Kimmel. Later, the two struck up a texting conversation. "She texts like my aunty," Cheadle joked, noting that she often had all-caps or strange symbols in her messages.

    The Daily Show posted a “between the scenes” video of Trevor Noah discussing the news, applauding Franklin for being a trailblazer unafraid to stand up for what she believed in. "She was one of the first people who supported Angela Davis from the Black Panthers and Martin Luther King. And this was during a time when it wasn’t cool to do that. It was risky to you and your livelihood,” Noah said, also praising her firmness on refusing to perform for a segregated crowd.

    Noah added that the singer has a class of songs that could be considered "crazy" given how women were treated in society during the time of her music's release. "The #MeToo movement has shown that we still have a long way to go, but at that time, it was like women just keep quiet and she was up and 'R.E.S.P.E.C.T.'"

    "She’ll be missed ... Everything we see today in so many ways in the music, male and female, is because of her. Aretha Franklin, rest in peace."

  • 'Late Night's' Amber Ruffin Remakes Work by "Problematic Men"

    Late Night writer and contributor Amber Ruffin presented art by "sketchy dudes" on Tuesday. "Are you tired of trying to separate the art from the artist?" she began. As a solution to this problem, Ruffin, who proclaimed she hasn't "sexually assaulted a single person," created her own versions of work from disgraced artists like Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey and Woody Allen.

    She then shared her versions of art made by problematic men: She performed her rendition of Chris Brown's "Run It," now called "Fun It." She took over Spacey's role in House of Cards, dressed in a suit and donning a short haircut. She even re-created The Cosby Show theme song in the trademark Bill Cosby sweater. 

    "Are you a fan of Woody Allen? Stop it!" Ruffin said as she introduced the next clip, appearing as Allen's Annie Hall character. Ruffin, as Allen, stumbles over her words while talking to a visibly annoyed Hall.

    "So act now and you'll receive this fake Picasso." Ruffin held up a framed drawing. "Picasso was a creep, so I drew this so you can have it for free. Hang it in your house and when people are like, 'Oh, is that a Picasso?' say, 'No. It was made by someone who respects women.'"

    "With my free takes on the classics, there's no need to separate the art from the artist," she said. "You can throw them both in the garbage."

  • Brad Pitt Was Replaced as 'Jim Jefferies Show' Weatherman

    Seth Rogen ousted Brad Pitt as the weatherman of The Jim Jefferies Show on Tuesday and set a very different tone for the broadcast: Rogen portrayed a cheery oil-industry appointee who attempted to convince the show's host that the Earth was doing just fine.

    Clad in a cowboy hat and leather jacket, Rogen surprised host Jim Jefferies when he appeared in front of the show's green screen of the globe during the weather segment. "We used to have a good-looking guy," Jefferies said, perplexed.

    "There's a new sponsor for your show: they're called Organic Industrial Liquids and they decided to bring me in," Rogen replied. "Coal Clean's the name, and boy, hasn't it been a hell of a year? The best year of weather ever in Earth's history," he said, as a forecast showed up behind him that depicted Earth's temperatures at various places to be "perfect," "fresh" and "just right."

    Pitt has appeared as a depressed weatherman character on the show several times, and even takes the ill-fitting brown suit home with him, Jefferies has said. It all started when Pitt reportedly called up the host, claiming to be a fan of his comedy and wanting to be a part of the show, so Jefferies gave him the role of weatherman. 

  • Late-Night Lineup: August 19-25

    Many late-night shows are on hiatus this week, but come back next week to see who is slated for your favorite shows! In the meantime, check out past editions of Late-Night Lately below:

    August 11Late-Night Lately: Kanye on Kimmel, 'Full Frontal' Follows Sean Spicer, Colbert's Surprise Fan Gift

    August 4Late-Night Lately: Colbert Talks Moonves, Anita Hill Interview, Mark Hamill Surprise