Late-Night Lately: Kimmel Fires Back at Trump, SCOTUS Reactions, Emmy Nominations

8:00 AM 7/14/2018

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.

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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: Several hosts are still on their summer breaks, but those comedians with air time were able to react to their Emmy nominations after the list was announced Thursday morning and offer their thoughts about Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. Jimmy Kimmel even had a specific message for the president this week after POTUS told rallygoers a story about the late-night host that Kimmel claims "never happened." 

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Jimmy Kimmel Responds to Trump's Rally Attack

    Screengrab/Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Last month, during a rally in South Carolina, Donald Trump went on a tirade against late-night hosts, including Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel. While Colbert, Fallon and O'Brien promptly responded to the president's verbal jabs on their shows, Kimmel was unable to address it, as he was on vacation in Montana.

    On Monday night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel — who had no cell service or Wi-Fi on his trip — explained that he was unaware of Trump's attack until he received a text from his wife, Molly McNearney.

    "So I get home and I immediately look it up, and here's what it was," said Kimmel, who then played a clip from Trump's June rally. As seen in the video, POTUS asserted that Kimmel — who has "no talent," according to Trump — "would stand outside of the sidewalk waiting for me: 'Oh, here he comes, Donald Trump.'"

    Trump continued, "He opens my door. I said, 'Does he do this to everybody?' to his people, [who said], 'He does it for nobody.'"

    Kimmel then responded to Trump's story, saying, "Right, including you, I do it for nobody, because that never happened. It's a funny thing. Like, even the people who like the president know he makes things up. But still, it's weird to hear him tell a lie that specifically involves you. Then all of a sudden, you're like, 'Wait, no. He's lying!'"

  • Hosts Sound Off on Trump's SCOTUS Pick

    Screengrab/The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    A day after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination for a vacancy on the Supreme Court, late-night hosts took aim at the president's choice.

    Referring to Monday's televised announcement as "America’s Next Top Justice," Stephen Colbert said of watching Kavanaugh's reveal, “I had a drinking game: I would pour myself a glass every time my glass was empty.”

    The Late Show host went on to quip, "I have Trump nomination Bingo,” before producing a Bingo card from his jacket pocket. “You see, all the squares say ‘White Guy.’" 

    On ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, host Jimmy Kimmel incorporated Kavanaugh into his monologue, joking, "[Trump] narrowed his candidates down to three — but, in the end, Kavanaugh was the white man for the job."

    He later added, "Trump said Kavanaugh is 'one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.' And that’s coming from the guy who told Michael Cohen to just write 'porn star bribe' on the memo line of his check."

    Over on TBS, Conan O'Brien noted, "President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh once wrote that presidents should be shielded from criminal charges while in office. He didn't write this in a ruling, he wrote it on a cake he sent to Trump three days ago."

  • Hosts Celebrate (and Poke Fun at) Emmy Nominations

    Screengrab/The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Late-night hosts were in a celebratory mood Thursday after the nominations for this year’s Emmys ceremony were announced earlier that day. 

    Among those nominated included Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Last Week Tonight, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in categories that include best variety talk series, variety special, writing for a variety series and directing for a variety series. 

    Kimmel was quick to mention his nominations during his monologue, also poking some fun at the annual ceremony. "Thank you for joining us on what is a day of much celebration and even frustration here in Hollywood. It is Emmy Nomination day. One of our most self-important days of the year," the host joked. 

    Kimmel then proceeded to joke that the series earned "46 Emmys," before revealing that it only received two, compared to Netflix's "112 nominations." "You have to remember Netflix has more than 2,000 shows," he added.

    Though Corden, Meyers and Noah are on leave this week and Bee's show airs on Wednesdays, the hosts still took to Twitter to celebrate their Emmy noms. Cohen didn't address the nomination on his show, but tweeted his celebrations for earning two noms. Stephen Colbert additionally opted to celebrate the news on Twitter: "Congrats to my team at The Late Show for being nominated for 3 Emmys! It’s what we in the biz call 'The Full Cookie Monster': Nom, nom, nom!" he joked.

  • Stephen Colbert Delivers 'Hunger Games'-Inspired Farewell to Scott Pruitt

    Screengrab/The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    On Monday, Stephen Colbert again sported his towering blue-and-black wig for another segment of the Hunger Games-inspired "Hungry to Leave Power Games," this time satirizing the departure of former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt. Pruitt resigned last Thursday after scrutiny and numerous scandals during his time as head of the EPA. 

    Stroking his pet ferret Caligula, Colbert reprised his eccentric persona, Julius Flickerman, to document the lead-up to Pruitt's departure. "Tonight, citizens, we honor EPA head Scott Pruitt," Colbert said. "A man whose only flaw was being terrible."

    In his resignation letter addressed to President Donald Trump, Pruitt wrote that he prays he had blessed Trump while serving him. "You must admire a man who's willing to pucker up and smooch the old bless-hole," Colbert joked.

    In a symbolic farewell, Colbert placed a miniature Pruitt in a shrunken "soundproof booth," filled with some fake clorpyrifos and vowed to send him adrift down a "toxic river."

  • Kathy Griffin Pitches New Year's Eve Show With Stormy Daniels

    Kathy Griffin suggested a high-concept TV pairing on Thursday night when she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!: bring her back as an anchor for New Year's Eve, along with her new friend Stormy Daniels.

    The comedian pitched the show after telling Kimmel a story about his "Aunt Chippy," who wrote Griffin a letter lamenting that she was not on CNN's 2017 New Year's Eve broadcast. This year, Griffin said, "I was thinking Kathy Griffin, Stormy Daniels, Live, New Year's Eve. Networks, call us?"

    CNN pulled Griffin from its 2017 New Year's Eve broadcast and replaced her with Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen after a picture of Griffin holding an effigy of a decapitated Donald Trump surfaced on the internet and caused ginned up online outrage.

    The pitch came on the show after Griffin detailed her friendship with Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford), the adult film star who shot to fame when The Wall Street Journal first reported that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen had paid her $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged 2006 affair. Griffin said that the pair met when the performer came to one of Griffin's stand-up shows in New York. When Griffin brought her backstage, she said she greeted her by saying, "Hi, Thelma, I'm Louise, let's take this sh— down."

    Griffin added that Daniels texted her after her arrest in Columbus, Ohio at a strip club on Wednesday night.  On Thursday night, Daniels was set to perform in another location. "She's back on the poles," Griffin said.

  • Late-Night Lineup: July 15-21

    Tuesday, July 17
    Watch What Happens Live: Andy Cohen will likely have lots of questions for these '90s greats Liv Tyler and Neve Campbell, currently starring in Harlots and Skyscraper. 

    Wednesday, July 18
    Conan: The cast of Breaking Bad (Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, R.J. Mitte, Vince Gilligan and more) reunites at Comic-Con. 

    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Best friends for life and fellow TV personalities Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen stop by the CBS show. 

    Thursday, July 19
    Conan: The new Predator cast (Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski with Shane Black) stop by Conan O'Brien's Comic-Con show.