Late Night Lately: Addressing the Riots and What's to Come

8:00 AM 1/16/2021

by THR staff

The Hollywood Reporter's Late Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests.

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The Hollywood Reporter'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: James Comey and Bernie Sanders joined The Late Show to discuss the aftermath of the Capitol riots on Jan. 6. Samantha Bee's Full Frontal returned to address the riots, social media bans and the impeachment. Lilly Singh responded to the Kamala Harris Vogue cover and what it means amid larger representation issues.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Bernie Sanders Reacts to Capitol Riot, Calls Lack of Security "Unbelievable"

    Senator Bernie Sanders spoke about the violent riot that took place on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. while making an appearance on The Late Show. Sanders expressed his disbelief over what transpired, especially given the United States has "the largest military in the history of the world."

    "The idea that we could not protect the United States Capitol from a few thousand rioters is unbelievable," Sanders told Stephen Colbert. He went on to call the ill-preparedness of Capitol law enforcement a “tremendous failure of leadership, which will be investigated [to] make sure that never happens again.”

    Following Joe Biden being declared the president-elect, Trump has made repeated claims that the election was rigged, with Sanders acknowledging that some senators failed to state that Trump truly lost. "At the end of the day, the crisis is that you have a president who gave us a big, big lie that he won the election by a landslide, when in fact he lost," Sanders said. "He lost the election, period, end of discussion, and we had very, very few senators who made that statement."

    On Wednesday, President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time, charged with "incitement of insurrection" over the deadly mob siege.

    "This president, and anybody else who enters the Oval Office, must understand that if you incite insurrection against your own government for your own cheap political purposes, that will be severely punished," Sanders stated.

    The late-night host asked for Sanders' thoughts as to what could be done to ensure that there are consequences in place for government officials who incite insurrection of this magnitude, as Trump allies Senator Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz have been accused of doing prior to the riot.

    "If that allegation is true, that tells you something that has to be dealt with," Sanders said, adding that what has concerned him the most is hearing that there were "some members of the House who actually escorted people who turned out to be rioters through the Capitol premises" prior to the shocking event.

    Sanders reiterated that although things need to be handled carefully when considering "expelling people," should any of the allegations that members of Congress aided the mob of Trump supporters at the Capitol prove to be true, then "this will be an issue."

    "How we deal with this is something that has to be looked at very, very hard," Sanders said.

    Following the Capitol riot, Missouri and Republican Senator Hawley was accused of helping incite the mob of Trump supporters and criticized for challenging the presidential election results after announcing that he would object during the Electoral College certification process. Simon & Schuster will no longer publish Hawley's forthcoming book as a result.

    The late-night host later reiterated that it's hard to find a "common cause" with the people who supported the president, "many of whom are working class white people."

    But Sanders said he hoped "to bring people together around an agenda that is in fact supported by the vast majority of the American people, and vigorously oppose those people who want to divide us up by the color of our skin, or our religion or where we were born."

    Sanders said that it'll be up to Congress "to rise up and be extremely bold in addressing the major crises facing working families and the middle class."

    "People are losing faith in government," the senator expressed. "We have to restore that faith by saying, 'you know what, we hear your pain.' And we're gonna respond in a bold matter."

  • Samantha Bee Returns to Admonish Republicans Supporting Trump

    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee returned this week, just in time to take on the Capitol riots and the Republicans who chose sides in the Trump chaos.

    "The deadly riot at the Capitol building will go down as one of the worst moments in our nation's history, outside of... a lot of other moments in our nation's history."

    Bee addressed the Republicans "who also deserve to face consequences" who voted to overturn election results, calling them "complicit." 

    "Just as despicably, Trump's biggest enablers are only now breaking from the president to try to save their careers," Bee said. "No one in the Republican Party suddenly grew a conscience. They're doing the bare f***ing minimum at the last minute to save their own skins." 

    Concluding the list of Republicans who seemed to distance themselves from the president, Bee highlighted "Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Secretary of Feasting on Children Betsy DeVo, who finally took a stand against an immoral administration with less than two weeks left on the job." 

  • Lilly Singh on 'Vogue' Kamala Harris Cover Controversy

    Like many internet commentators — and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ team itself — Lilly Singh is disappointed with the future VP's February Vogue cover photo.

    On Wednesday’s A Little Late With Lilly Singh, the host took issue with the magazine for the lackluster image that was selected for the cover shot. Upon first hearing the news that Harris would be gracing the February issue of Vogue, Singh said she was ecstatic. “I was like, this is amazing,” Singh said. “Representation? Uh, hello? Yes, please.”

    But her reaction to the cover itself was less than thrilled. “When this photo was released, the internet immediately freaked out, and with good reason,” Singh explained. “Because we're just like, ‘Is this the best that you can make the VP look?’”

    Following backlash to the photo, Vogue released a digital version of the cover featuring the vice president-elect in a powder blue suit.

    “Way better,” Singh said of the digital cover. “The lighting, the blue power suit, the confident smile. That smile right there says 'Hey, don’t worry. You can enjoy sleeping again.'"

    As a woman of Indian descent herself, Singh claims she wasn’t surprised by Vogue’s choice. “Being a woman is hard enough during photoshoots, but when you got some melanin, things are even tougher,” she said. “And honestly, it's an issue of representation. … I just think they don’t have enough experience shooting people of color.”

    She recalled a photoshoot for a magazine, in which she provided her measurements in advance. Still, when she arrived to set, none of the outfits fit properly. When the photoshoot team suggested that Singh put on the outfit “to the best of [her] ability,” Singh expressed discomfort at the situation.

    “These are the things that people don’t think about when they say that privilege isn’t a thing,” she said.

    “So I’m glad Kamala is on the cover of Vogue,” Singh said. “I mean, it is amazing, and to be honest, if she wanted to be more relatable with this photoshoot, she definitely accomplished that because we can all relate to being tagged in horrible pictures.”

    She then added, “But Vogue needs to step up and learn how to make women of color look just as good as everybody else.”

  • James Comey on Capitol Rioters: "You Are Going To Be Found"

    Following a press conference by the FBI and Department of Justice on Tuesday, former FBI Director James Comey shared with Stephen Colbert his confidence that those who participated in riots in the nation's capital last week will be caught.

    Comey noted that for the FBI, they're viewing the shocking events of last Wednesday as "a seditious conspiracy, an insurrection against the United States government."

    U.S. officials revealed during Tuesday's press conference that the FBI warned law enforcement agencies about the potential for extremist-driven violence on the day Congress would formally meet to count the votes of the Electoral College. This contradicts earlier statements by law enforcement officials, including the Capitol police chief, who said they were unaware of security concerns leading up to Jan. 6 and had prepared for a free-speech protest.

    Nearly a week after the riot, officials have been reviewing evidence to find those who participated in the riots.

    Comey told Colbert, "This is what the FBI does best, which is to find the people responsible and bring them to justice quickly. If you were there and you participated in the attack, there's going to be a knock on your door. You should turn yourself in now."

    When asked by Colbert to clarify who he meant — anyone who participated in the riots or specifically those who have been targeted by the FBI and law enforcement agencies.

    "If you went up those stairs, not even into the building, you committed a crime. If you participated in assaults on police officers, if you went inside the building, any of that, you are going to be found," Comey said. "The bureau is a human organization with lots of flaws. One thing it does extremely well is relentlessly track people down like this."

  • Hosts React to 'Sex and the City' Reboot

    The long-awaited Sex and the City revival is moving forward without the fourth member of the iconic TV quartet. And on Monday night, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel reacted to the news of the HBO series returning without Kim Cattrall.

    Fallon included the news of the show returning without Cattrall in his opening monologue. “That’s like the Avengers rebooting, but Thor’s like 'you wont be seeing this hammer,'” Fallon joked, mimicking Samantha’s recognizable delivery.

    “They already released an episode and the first 20 minutes is Mr. Big waiting for his pill to kick in,” the host laughed.

    Meyers said that without Cattrall’s character, the series will be called “just The City.” As the show returns for a 10-episode limited series with three of its original main characters, Meyers joked that “unfortunately, it’s Steve, Stanford and Magda.”

    “I can’t believe we got our own show,” Meyers said, impersonating David Eigenberg, who plays Steve Brady in the original series.

    In his monologue covering the events of President Trump’s final days in the White House, Kimmel speculated that perhaps “we need to entice [Trump] out of office.”

    “You think he’d resign if HBO offered him the part of Samantha in the new Sex and the City?” Kimmel joked. “Really it’s worth a try.”