Late-Night Lately: Bill O'Reilly Jokes, Rom-Com Musical, Colbert's New Character

8:00 AM 4/22/2017

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.

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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.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Stephen Colbert, More Late-Night Hosts Mock Bill O'Reilly

    Late-night hosts were quick to pack on the jokes about Bill O'Reilly's exit from Fox News following his sexual harassment controversy and subsequent advertiser exodus from his show. 

    On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert recounted his years-long history with O'Reilly, whom he later called "a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage." He also called in his conservative alter-ego, who defended O'Reilly, saying, "All he ever did was have your back. And if you're a woman, you know, have a go at the front too. And what? Suddenly sexual harassment's a crime? Well that's the country we live in now. Obama's Trump's America."

    The next night, Colbert looked in O'Reilly's 1998 novel for clues as to the TV host's next moves. 

    The Daily Show's Trevor Noah posted a video parodying O'Reilly's infamous "We'll do it live!" outburst. Noah also ran through a highlight reel of O'Reilly's "best" moments, including a story the former Fox News host told of eating dinner in Harlem with Al Sharpton that was "like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb." 

    "This is so racist that I can't even be mad about it," said Noah. "In Bill O'Reilly's mind, going into a black restaurant was going to be like going into the middle of the Rodney King riots." 

    The Late Late Show's James Corden joked about O'Reilly's exit during his monologue, addressing Fox News' "very strict 28 strikes-and-you're-out policy."

    Samantha Bee's Full Frontal was on hiatus, but the show still managed one last farewell to O'Reilly using its Twitter account, before editing O'Reilly's statement a bit, including adding quotation marks around the word "news" when he references his "news program." 

    Jimmy Kimmel joked about O'Reilly's ouster, saying that while the host was on vacation, "Fox News decided to extend his vacation to forever." He even introduced the replacement show, The Guillerm O'Factor.

    Jimmy Fallon said experts don't think it's likely "any self-respecting network" would hire O'Reilly following his Fox ousting. "Then CNN said 'Welcome aboard,'" joked Fallon. 

  • Anne Hathaway and James Corden Sing "Soundtrack to a Rom-Com"

    Anne Hathaway and James Corden performed a love story in 10 romantic pop songs on The Late Late Show's "Soundtrack to a Rom Com" segment on Thursday night to dramatic results. In a nod to Notting Hill (you know, "I'm just a boy, standing in front of a girl," etc.) the dynamic duo raced through nine sets in one take, while singing 10 hits from Sixpence None the Richer, Al Green, Biz Markie and Jason Mraz.

    Hathaway opened it up with Bonnie Tyler's "I Need a Hero," when the action moved to an elevator where she bumped into Corden, who started crooning the Linda Ronstadt version of "Just One Look." 

    The rest was a five-minute romp through the life of a new relationship, featuring the good times via Sixpence's "Kiss Me" and Mraz's "I'm Yours," betrayal by way of the Biz's "Just a Friend," a drunken slide into breakup with Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" and the seeming end with John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane."

  • Stephen Colbert Mocks InfoWars Host Alex Jones With Character Tuck Buckford

    Stephen Colbert's Late Show celebrated its return from hiatus Monday with a segment poking fun at InfoWars' Alex Jones (and another one two days later)

    Colbert said Jones is trying to prove he's "stable enough" for children since he's in a custody battle. "Unfortunately for him he works in front of a camera," said Colbert, playing a clip in which he describes Jones as acting like a "coked-out football coach in a police standoff."

    Jones' legal defense is that he is a performance artist and Colbert said he sympathizes with Jones. "Everybody knows that for many years I played a satirical right-wing character," said Colbert. He pretended the character was "Tuck Buckford," talk radio show host of Brain Fight. In character, he yelled about people "tattooing Obama logos onto the skin of Christian babies" and being "a skeleton wrapped in angry meat." , I'm a warrior, I'm a king."

  • Jimmy Kimmel Brings Matt Damon Feud to Fake United Ad

    Jimmy Kimmel released another parody ad mocking United Airlines and its PR problems after security guards dragged a passenger off one of its planes. The ad featured "spokesperson" and Kimmel's longtime faux-nemesis Matt Damon talking about United. He stops after a few sentences and says, "You know what? No. No, I can't do this anymore because I know what it's like to get bumped."

    "Trust me, I've been getting bumped from Jimmy's show for the last eight years and it takes a toll," Damon adds, referencing Kimmel's long-running joke of saying his show ran out of time for an appearance from Damon.

    But as Damon takes a stand in his voiceover, Kimmel's voice interrupts him to talk about flying the "friendly skies." "We need your cooperation sir, we need the seat," said Kimmel, as viewers hear what sounds like a struggle.

  • Alec Baldwin Explains How He Creates His Trump Face

    Alec Baldwin spilled to Stephen Colbert the method behind his now-famous Donald Trump impression during a visit to Tuesday's Late Show.

    Colbert told the actor that when he first saw his Saturday Night Live impersonation he thought, "Oh, thank God, somebody has cracked that nut." When asked how he creates the impression, Baldwin said it is "totally a caricature."

    “You just pick a few things,' he said. "Like I’m sitting in the room and I’m going, ‘Left eyebrow up, right eyebrow down, shove your face like you’re trying to suck the chrome off the fender of a car.'" 

  • Late-Night Lineup: April 23-29

    Tuesday, April 25
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Though the NBC host has tried to stay away from harsh political commentary, he may have to face some of it head-on when John Oliver and Patton Oswalt join him on Tuesday night. 

    Late Night With Seth Meyers: Caitlyn Jenner is making the interview rounds, with Diane Sawyer and Tucker Carlson, but Tuesday's sit-down with Meyers may be a bit more open and revealing than the news shows before him. 

    Wednesday, April 26
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Leslie Jones, recently named one of Time's most influential people, never holds back when she appears on the SNL alum's show. 

    Friday, April 28
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: America's sweetheart Tom Hanks stops by the CBS show.