Late-Night Lately: Kevin Hart Is "Over" the Oscars, Kimmel's 'Bachelor' Pick, Hosts Mock Trump's Border Speech

7:00 AM 1/12/2019

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.

From left: Kevin Hart, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers
From left: Kevin Hart, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers
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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: Kevin Hart appeared on CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to discuss the Oscars host controversy, declare he's "over it" and suggest Colbert himself host this year. In true Bachelor fan tradition, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel picked his final four for this season of The Bachelor, while the hosts all mocked President Donald Trump's primetime speech covering his proposed border wall and the government shutdown. Comedy Central's Trevor Noah also addressed the sudden spike in R. Kelly music streaming, and Andy Samberg shared with NBC's Seth Meyers all of the jokes he wanted to tell at the Golden Globes but didn't have a chance to. 

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman 

  • Kevin Hart Says Colbert Should Host the Oscars

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    Kevin Hart appeared on CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Wednesday and reiterated that though he has decided to not host the Oscars, he wouldn't change how he's handled the situation. Referencing his appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, in which the comedian said he's "done" talking about the Oscars, Colbert explained that though Hart gives "polite variations on the answer," he has one question regarding the controversy. 

    "Is there anything about the way you handled this that you would change if you had a time machine?" Colbert asked Hart, to which the comedian said no. 

    "I'm just over it," Hart continued. "It's an onion. So no matter how many many times you keep peeling it, it's just endless. There's no end to it." 

    Despite deciding not to host, Hart said that his jokes would've been "fire" if he were to have hosted the ceremony. "I was going to be good. I had some stuff. I had some heat. I had some real good jokes," the comedian told Colbert. "The reason I was going to host the Oscars was to take the tension out of the room ... everybody is uptight. No one can breathe or move," he said. 

    "I had so much stuff! It was going to be fire!" 

    As to who he thinks should host the Oscars instead? Hart said, "Whoever's wanting or willing of the job." He then said that Colbert himself would make a "great host." 

  • Jimmy Kimmel Picks His 'Bachelor' Winner

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    Keeping with tradition, Jimmy Kimmel revealed his predictions for Colton Underwood's finalists on his post-Bachelor premiere show of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The superfan of the ABC dating franchise has been picking, with input from his wife Molly McNearney and stars like Jennifer Aniston, the top four contestants of each Bachelor or Bachelorette season for years. 

    The late-night host has correctly named the winners for the last five out of six seasons of The Bachelor. For Underwood's final four, Kimmel predicts that the 26-year-old former football player will pick: speech pathologist Cassie, 23; medical sales rep Katie, 26; Miss North Carolina winner Caelynn, 23; and content creator Hannah G., 23.

    Though Hanna G. received the first impression rose, Kimmel predicts that Hannah G. will be runner-up and that Underwood's winner is Cassie (pictured below), who hails from Huntington Beach, California.

    "I just saved you all 11 weeks of your lives — you don't have to watch it now," Kimmel joked. 

  • Hosts Tackle Trump's "Completely Made-Up" Oval Office Address

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    Late-night hosts used President Donald Trump's Oval Office speech, which addressed the border wall and government shutdown and was carried by the nation's biggest broadcast and cable networks, as comedic fodder on Tuesday night. 

    On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the host announced, "Trump's address pre-empted our regularly scheduled CBS programming, FBI," at which time a poster of the procedural drama FBI appeared on the screen. "Not the first time he's interfered with an FBI investigation," Colbert continued.

    He went on to hypothesize, "I think Trump gave that speech because he misses being on primetime television." Colbert then gave an impersonation of Trump as a participant on the entrepreneurial show Shark Tank, seeking billions of dollars to fund his border wall. 

    Over on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host joked, "This was Trump’s first address from the Oval Office. Up until now he’d been using it for Kardashian meet-and-greets, but tonight he got serious."

    "All the major networks covered his speech live and for good reason," Kimmel continued. "It was historic. Rarely does a president of the United States interrupt primetime television to warn us about a completely made-up thing. He desperately wants us to be worried about this."

    The late-night host put forward an idea: "If you really want to come up with a fake border crisis, make it a scary border crisis. Go on TV and don’t say there are illegal immigrants, say there is an army of chupacabras crawling in through Tijuana." 

    Late Night host Seth Meyers tweeted during Trump's address, "Somebody please add 'and live from New York, it's Saturday Night!' into the teleprompter." He later added, "Is this Oval Office: SVU?" in reference to the show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    During his show, Meyers briefly joked that Trump had never been in the Oval Office before the speech. "It might have carried more weight if he hadn't started with, 'So this is the Oval Office, huh?'"

    On CBS' The Late Late Show, host James Corden informed his viewers about the speech. "If you watched, you'll know it was very bleak, it was dark and punctuated by more than a few sniffles," he said. "They could've aired a rerun of American Ninja Warrior and it would've been more nuanced, patriotic and reassuring."

    Corden said that Trump argued the wall is necessary because "the country is at a crossroads." A clip from the speech followed of Trump stating that the U.S. is currently in crisis of the heart and soul. "And we have a president who's completely ill-equipped to handle this crisis because he has neither," quipped the late-night host.

    Corden went on to call the whole speech "incredibly strange." He then shared a clip of Trump stating that the border wall would pay for itself. "Yeah, 'cause when he's not using it, he's gonna Airbnb it to Canada," said Corden. "Is it a wall or someone on a nightmare Tinder date?"

    The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon also took time to speak about Trump's address and the proposed wall, saying, "Things got weird when he said, 'It can all be yours for five easy payments of $1 billion.'"

    The host also noted the networks the address was aired on, including Spanish-language network Telemundo. "When Trump saw footage of himself speaking Spanish, he had himself deported," Fallon joked.

  • Andy Samberg Tells Rejected Golden Globes Jokes

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    During his Wednesday visit to Late Night With Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg shared some of the jokes that didn't make it into his Golden Globes monologue.

    "There's so little time, and you've gotta choose wisely," he said about the many rejected jokes.

    "Around 1,300 people attended the Golden Globes this year," Samberg began before he lowered his voice to intone, "and only one will leave."

    "Crazy Rich Asians is up for two awards, and crazy rich white people are up for the remaining 200," he continued.

    On Roma, Samberg joked, "Roma is such an emotional experience. When it was over, I literally sat there and cried for a full five seconds before Netflix started blasting a new movie where Kurt Russell plays Santa Claus."

    Other jokes included Green Book being about Dr. Seuss' struggle to write the title for Green Eggs and Ham, BlacKkKlansman being the perfect Wi-Fi password and The Good Place asking important questions like, "Can Ted Danson still get it?"

  • 'The Daily Show' Takes on R. Kelly Streaming Spike

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    In light of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly, Trevor Noah spoke about the disgraced singer on Monday's Daily Show.

    Kelly has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault over the past few decades. While he has denied the allegations, the new docuseries features many women sharing their stories of his alleged inappropriate behavior. 

    "The new documentary has been getting a lot of attention, but it's resulted in one really strange side effect," said Noah. While the documentary was trending on social media, the musician's discography has also spiked on streaming services. "Just so we're on the same page, America sees this documentary about R. Kelly and underage girls, and now they're consuming more of his music. These are the same people, probably, who ordered more salad when they learned that romaine lettuce was killing people," he said.

    To further discuss the topic, Noah recruited Daily Show music expert Roy Wood Jr. "First of all, f— R. Kelly," said Wood. "There's no way to watch this documentary and still be a fan of this guy, and to be honest, I think the only reason he's been getting away with this as long as he has is because he was doing it to black girls."

    The correspondent added that TV news is not helping people take the allegations against Kelly seriously, and he pleaded for news broadcasts to just state what Kelly is accused of without playing his music. 

  • Late-Night Lineup: January 13-19

    Tuesday, Jan. 15
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Lin-Manuel Miranda will perform a song from Hamilton with his touring cast on Fallon's Puerto Rico episode. Chef José Andrés, Bad Bunny and José Feliciano will also appear. 

    Wednesday, Jan. 16
    Late Night With Seth Meyers: SMILF's Frankie Shaw talks with Meyers, just weeks after it was revealed she was investigated for claims of abusive behavior on set. 

    Thursday, Jan. 17
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Vanessa Hudgens, just before starring in Fox's Rent musical, stops by with Andrew Rannells, likely leading to a very musical show.