Late Night Lately: Female Hosts Address Abortion Bills, Buttigieg Slow Jams the News, 'Big Bang Theory' Cast Says Goodbye

8:00 AM 5/18/2019

by THR Staff

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

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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 pour 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 that you can't afford to miss.

This week: E! host Busy Philipps, whose show's final episode aired this week, opened up about her own abortion and encouraged others to do the same using the hashtag #YouKnowMe. "The statistic is one in four women will have an abortion before age 45. That statistic sometimes surprises people, and maybe you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know a woman who would have an abortion.’ Well, you know me." Meanwhile, Samantha Bee taught a "sex ed" class for senators who "wouldn't recognize a vulva if it bit them in the face." Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg joined Jimmy Fallon to "Slow Jam the News." The Big Bang Theory cast joined Stephen Colbert after their series' finale, and Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston shared some secrets with James Corden in the game "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts."

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman 

  • Busy Philipps, Samantha Bee Address Abortion Bills

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    After Busy Philipps opened up about her own abortion on her late-night show on E!, she asked women on Wednesday to share their own under the hashtag #YouKnowMe, prompting thousands of stories.

    "1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme," Philipps wrote early Wednesday. "So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth."

    Philipps told her audience previously, "The statistic is one in four women will have an abortion before age 45. That statistic sometimes surprises people, and maybe you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know a woman who would have an abortion.’ Well, you know me." She added, tearing up, "I had an abortion when I was 15 years old, and I'm telling you this because I'm genuinely really scared for women and girls all over this country. And I think that we all need to be talking more and sharing our stories more."

    Over on TBS' Full Frontal, Samantha Bee taught a "sex ed" class for senators following the news that Alabama had passed a near-total ban on abortion. 

    "These laws are designed to oppress and control and ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade, and if they succeed, they will directly result in death and poverty for women and other vulnerable people," she said on Wednesday's broadcast, referring to the Alabama bill and others making their way through state legislatures. "But it is especially f---ed up that the people doing the regulating wouldn't recognize a vulva if it bit them in the face."

    Donning a jean vest with fabric patches ironed on, she welcomed her "sex ed" class: "Time to learn about vaginas, cycles and why Charlotte from Sex and the City was sad for two whole seasons," she said, before diving into the errors that senators have offered up in their explanations for various strict abortion legislation.

  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg "Slow Jams the News"

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    Pete Buttigieg followed in the footsteps of Barack Obama when he participated in The Tonight Show's "Slow Jam the News" bit with Jimmy Fallon on Monday.

    Buttigieg kicked off the segment by explaining that he recently launched his campaign for president of the United States. "And though I'm running this race to beat President Trump, I'm not going to spend all my time talking about President Trump. I want to talk about you and the needs of everyday Americans," he said.

    "Oh, yeah," Fallon said in a deep voice. "Pete Buttigieg wants to satisfy all your needs. Ever since he declared his candidacy, America's been all hot and bothered for him."

    Buttigieg also spoke about his appearance on Fox News during the segment. He said he was "proud" to appear on Fox News Sunday because he doesn't "believe in leaving out an entire portion of the country." He said, "Americans have a lot more in common than we're given credit for."

    The presidential candidate added that he wanted his campaign to be inclusive for both Democrats and Republicans. "What you're saying is you go both ways?" asked Fallon. Buttigieg responded, "No, I'm just gay."

  • 'Big Bang Theory' Cast Talks "Divisive" Finale

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    The Big Bang Theory, CBS' longest-running sitcom in studio history, ended Thursday night, and the cast assumed that the finale would be loved — and disliked. Joining The Late Show, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch talked about their feelings now that their beloved show was over. 

    "It was hard, we had a lot of anxieties about how this was going to go," said Cuoco. "There is a lot of pressure on how to end this." 

    Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, told Colbert he spoke with one particular nervous writer during the process of mapping out the show's bookend. "I was like, 'Well, you can't get it wrong because it's yours, you've been writing it all this time'," he said. "And I said, 'Look at it this way: You can't get it right. It's a series finale. Someone's going to hate it.' They're all divisive one way or the other."

    Cuoco called the last day of shooting "bizarre" and said it felt like the last day of school when little to no work gets done.

    While reminiscing about their auditions, Rauch, who played Bernadette, said she was at the unemployment office the day she landed her try-out. She almost didn't go to her call back because she had more that needed to be done to qualify for her check, but "rolled the dice."

    Helberg, who played Howard, told the host he realized the show was big when the cast visited Mexico City during the second season. "They said we were going to have armed guards, which for some reason didn't tip me off," he said. "Then we landed and people were running after us in the airport."

  • Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Play "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts"

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    James Corden tested the strength of Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston's stomachs on Thursday's Late Late Show. The actresses joined the host in a game of "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts," in which they were forced to answer a tough question or eat an unappetizing food item.

    While Huston and Berry opted more often to eat the food than answer the questions, Berry did reveal the film she knew would be bad while it was still in production. "I'm sorry everybody who worked on this movie. Everybody, sorry, but the truth is the truth," she said, identifying the 1996 film The Rich Man's Wife.

    "You go into these movies always with the best intentions. Nobody wants to make a bad movie. We think everything is a good idea at the time we say yes," she said. "Then sometimes you get on the set and you realize, 'What, was I high when I agreed to do this?'"

    Berry hesitated when Corden asked her to name the one actor she would never work with again. While she didn't give names, Berry revealed that there are two people she would never work with again. She said that one of the people used to be famous, "but not so much anymore." Berry added, "He went to jail."

    She then said that the other person is "super-duper famous" and that he's "not too tall" before she took a bite of the turkey testicles. 

  • Jason Sudeikis Shares 'Friends' Punch Card After Meeting Lisa Kudrow


    Old and new friends came together when Lisa Kudrow, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte stopped by CBS' The Late Late Show on Monday. Host James Corden said he was surprised to learn that Kudrow and Sudeikis had never met before their appearance on the late-night talk show.

    After they both replied that they were also surprised, Sudeikis pulled out his "Friends punch card." "I've worked with Jen. I've met Courteney, and Matt I met at a party," he said of Aniston, Cox and Perry. "David Schwimmer, when I was working at Banana Republic in Chicago, he came in."

    Sudeikis asked Kudrow if she had a hole-puncher to mark her name off the list, which she then handed over. "I'll punch myself," she said as she made a hole on the small punch card. After Kudrow marked herself off of the list, Corden showed the audience that the only person he has left to meet is Matt LeBlanc.

    "You get the Central Perk mug," Sudeikis joked about when he finally meets all six members of the group. "Watch out, Matt LeBlanc. I'm coming for you. But not in a scary way. It just seems like it because I really want that mug."

  • Late-Night Lineup: May 19-25

    Monday, May 20
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: The host airs his latest primetime "Carpool Karaoke" special, this time with Celine Dion. 

    Tuesday, May 21
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kevin Hart returns to The Tonight Show, where he has endured a terrifying roller coaster and haunted house so far. 

    Wednesday, May 22
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: John Travolta and daughter Ella Bleu make a rare appearance together to promote their upcoming film, The Poison Rose