Late-Night Lately: Addressing Weinstein and Trump's Latest Media Outrage

8:00 AM 10/14/2017

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.

Screengrab/Full Frontal with Samantha Bee; Courtesy of CBS; Courtesy of NBC

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.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Hosts Slam Harvey Weinstein Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

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    John Oliver on Sunday became the first late-night host to address the allegations of sexual harassment aimed at Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times report that was published last week.

    Oliver noted on Last Week Tonight that this week marked the one-year anniversary of the leaked Access Hollywood tape in which then presidential candidate Donald Trump made his infamous "Grab them by the pussy" remarks about women, segueing to the Weinstein scandal, which on Sunday cost the film mogul his job. 

    In response to the exposé, Weinstein released a statement that read, in part: "I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then. I have since learned it's not an excuse, in the office — or out of it. To anyone."

    "Yeah, you're right — your excuse isn't an excuse," Oliver said. "In fact, it isn't even an excuse for that behavior in the ’60s! ‘Well back then, we had no idea that women didn’t want to be forced to look at dicks. That wasn't discovered by scientists until 1988. It was a different time.'"

    On Monday night, more hosts weighed in. Right off the bat, Jimmy Kimmel addressed any accusations that late night was collectively going to take it easy on Weinstein since he is a liberal Hollywood figure.

    Kimmel also made a Weinstein joke: "What's the difference between Weinstein and the Pillsbury Doughboy? When the Pillsbury Doughboy offers you a role he doesn’t ask you to watch him take a shower for it,” Kimmel said. 

    Over on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the host brought out three of his female writers — Amber Ruffin, Jenny Hagel and Ally Hord — for their thoughts on Weinstein. “We want to start by applauding the women who went on the record,” Hagel said.

    The women then tackled Weinstein’s apology statement, questioning many aspects of it. “He blamed his disrespecting of women on the era he came from, which would be a good excuse if he came from a time machine,” said Hord. A series of clips then showed the women’s reactions upon reading Weinstein’s statement, which included spit-takes, throwing a phone in a trash can and lobbing a computer out of a window.

    Meyers' A Closer Look segment also tackled the bullying, silencing and coercing from powerful men like Weinstein and Trump, as well as the "toxic culture of male entitlement."

    Slamming Trump's presidency as an "explicitly misogynous" performance of "dominance," he said, "Donald Trump is perhaps the most famous example of this kind of abuse of male power, but he is by no means the only one. ... [Weinstein's] entire ordeal is yet another window into the entitled mind of powerful, predatory men who are used to operating without consequence."

    On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the CBS host slammed the mogul, whom he called a "human Shrek," saying that the disturbing allegations of sexual harassment amount to "monstrous behavior that in a just world would not have been allowed to go on for decades. It is indefensible."

    Colbert also took up reports that The Weinstein Company may be changing its name following the mogul's ouster, joking that the company's looking for a "more positive" moniker like "Asbestos Child Slappers, Inc."

    Later on CBS, Late Late Show host James Corden joked that Weinstein had been fired "for violating the company's very strict '27 strikes and you're out' rule," referencing the alleged decades of bad behavior from the mogul. 

    Ultimately, Corden said, getting political, "The fact is his behavior left two options: Fire him from The Weinstein Company or elect him president of the United States."

    On NBC's Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon made one joke about Harvey Weinstein. After recapping that Weinstein was fired and calling the sexual harassment allegations, "not good," Fallon joked, "They said if he keeps it up, he'll wind up with his own show on Fox News."

    Samantha Bee had some words of advice for men to avoid ending up in Harvey Weinstein's current situation during her Wednesday night show. The Full Frontal host shared her "Penis PSA" for men in the workplace. 

    "Fellas, I'm a big comedy star/Hollywood executive and I found that it's quite easy not to masturbate in front of my employees. In fact, it's one of the easiest things I don't do," said Bee. "Every day I wake up, get dressed, take the subway to work and then don't masturbate in front of anyone."

    Bee added: "Next time you get the urge to masturbate just ask yourself, 'Am I in front of an employee or a colleague?' If the answer is yes, don't. Just don't."

    Ultimately, Bee pointed out that both political parties have had sexual harassers and said, "This is about men. Guess what? Men can be creeps. Hashtag 'not all men.' The extent of their creepiness seems to be a big surprise to everyone except women."

  • Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Address Trump's Call for "Equal Time" on Late-Night Shows

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    Jon Stewart dropped by The Late Show on Monday to discuss Trump's tweets that criticized "unfunny" late-night hosts for being "anti-Trump" and not offering "equal time."

    In the tweet, Trump added, "Should we get equal time?" 

    "No," Colbert said. "You’re the president. We make fun of you. But we’re going to do it anyway, just to make you feel better, sir. I will now be joined by another host, licensed in 'unfunny.' And that host will offer balance to whatever I say about the president,” Colbert said, introducing Stewart to the stage.

    Colbert joked, “Donald Trump thinks we should give equal time on a comedy show, even though the election is over. Kind of like if The Big Bang Theory was immediately followed by ‘The Creationist Bazinga Fun Time Hour,’ starring Jesus and his roommate a T-Rex. Look out for the spinoff, ‘Young Jesus.'”

    Stewart, unsure on what to say on the positive side, finally came up with: “Donald Trump is not a cannibal." 

    “I’m sorry, I know I was supposed to be positive, but I can’t do it,” Stewart told Colbert in the end, redirecting the mic to him. Unsure on what “positive” thing to say about the president, Colbert mimicked Stewart’s original response. “Donald Trump is not a cannibal,” Colbert joked as the audience cheered for both comedians.

  • John Oliver, Stephen Colbert Take on Confederate Statue Replacement

    During Sunday night's episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver addressed the Confederate monument debate, arguing for their removal and even enlisting help from his friend and fellow Daily Show alum Stephen Colbert to make his case.

    Oliver cited a report that said 1,503 Confederate memorials exist across the country. "Think about that … they were the enemy and they killed U.S. soldiers," Oliver commented. "That's like finding out Nancy Kerrigan named her child Tonya Harding. Why would you do that? That's a weird choice."

    While Oliver states that "imperfect people" can deserve statues, the country's "standards change over time." Oliver then proceeded to propose alternate statue ideas that included sculptures of Robert Smalls, who was born into slavery but escaped and went on to be a congressman, and Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman pilot. 

    Prior to presenting the statue that could reside in Charleston, South Carolina, Oliver said, "Why have a divisive Confederate statue when instead that pedestal can be filled by your favorite son, the actual Stephen Colbert," revealing Colbert himself. 

    "See Charleston, you can have this 24 hours a day, seven days a week," with Colbert then interrupting, "Actually, I need to do my show five days a week."

    "Five days a week. How do you do it?!" Oliver asked. "I don't know," answered Colbert, who famously took a jab at Oliver while hosting the Emmy Awards, saying that the best late night show winner's program is "so high-quality, they can only make one a week."

  • Kimmel, Colbert, Meyers Challenge Trump's Threat to NBC

    Screengrab/Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers on Wednesday used their respective shows to challenge Donald Trump's recent tweets threatening to revoke NBC's broadcasting license.

    Trump tweeted earlier in the day that with all the "fake news" coming out of "NBC and the networks," it begs the question, "at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license?"

    Kimmel responded to the president's question: "Uh, never. I don't know, because that's what dictators do. Never is it appropriate to challenge their license."

    Also commenting on the president's controversial tweet, Colbert mocked the threat, affirming that media content is what "we the people" want.

    After showing a clip of the president saying that people should "look into" published media content, Colbert fired back, saying that "we the people" looked into it and thought, "Yeah, they should write whatever they want."

    Colbert proceeded to explain that he had "two follow-ups" to Trump's question regarding NBC News licensing. "When is it appropriate for Twitter to deactivate the account of a president who doesn't believe in the first amendment?" Colbert asked. "Can that be yesterday?"

    Meanwhile, during his news roundup, Meyers challenged Trump, directing questions to the president. "You're coming after NBC? Well, if they didn't take our license after that monkey hospital show, they're not gonna take it for you," Meyers joked, referencing the NBC show Animal Practice.

    "Are you having trouble reading the First Amendment?" Meyers then asked the president. "How about if we put it in red? Oh wait! How 'bout 'in peach?' 'In peach' is definitely the way to go," Meyers joked of a presidential impeachment.

  • Miley Cyrus Harmonizes on "Carpool Karaoke"

    Courtesy of The Late Late Show with James Corden

    Of course Miley Cyrus sang all the hits during her return engagement on "Carpool Karaoke," but she also revealed to James Corden just how high she was when she filmed the video for her iconic hit. "10 ... 10," she said without hesitation about where she was on 1-10 scale.

    Cyrus also spoke to Corden about how her twerking appearance at the 2013 MTV VMAs alongside Robin Thicke actually helped her transform into an activist. "I realized if that many people were going to talk about something that I did, or something that I do, then I should make it a good thing, and I should make it something that can change people's lives rather than be a controversial conversation that does nothing but become a fun Halloween costume for people."

    After she gladly pulled out her infamous wagging tongue to help Corden lick some stamps for letters, she shared her terrible driving record, including wrecks in her own driveway. Of course they also harmonized on "We Can't Stop," "The Climb," "Party in the U.S.A." and a very emotional "Wrecking Ball," as well as "Younger Now" and "Malibu" from the singer's new album, Younger Now.

  • Late-Night Lineup: October 15-21

    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:

    October 7Late-Night Lately: Hosts Respond to "Moron" Reports, Clinton Thank You Notes, Gun Violence Pleas

    September 30: Late-Night Lately: Colbert's #PuberMe Trend, Fallon's 'This Is Us' Gig, Corden's Big 'Magic Mike' Break