Late-Night Lately: Franco in the Hot Seat, Melania on 'Fire and Fury,' Hosts Slam Trump's "S---hole" Remark

8:00 AM 1/13/2018

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.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • James Franco Pressed About Sexual Harassment Claims

    For two nights in a row, James Franco was pressed on accusations of sexual misconduct on late night.

    On Late Night With Seth Meyers, Meyers didn't pull any punches, and asked the actor about the claims right off the bat. When questioned, Franco largely echoed what he said during his appearance on The Late Show the night before, in which host Stephen Colbert also pressed him on the accusations. "I did read them, I haven't responded. I think the ones I read were not accurate, but one of the things that I've learned is that this is a conversation that needs to be had," Franco told Meyers. "There are people and women and others that have not been a part of this conversation, and I truly believe — and [it is] why I was wearing the pin — is that they need to be a part of this conversation. So I support them."

    Franco was one of many stars who wore a Time's Up pin in support of sexual harassment and assault awareness at the Golden Globes, which sparked criticism online and a number of claims by women on Twitter that Franco had sexually harassed them. (A Thursday report in the Los Angeles Times detailed more accusations.)

    Meyers also pressed the actor on whether movements like #MeToo and Time's Up make him look back and question any of his past behavior. "I think what I really learned, like I said, there are stories that need to get out, people that need to be heard. I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say just because I believe in it that much. If I have to take a knock because I am not going to try and actively refute things then I will, because I believe in it that much."

  • Laura Benanti's Melania Trump Addresses 'Fire and Fury' Claims

    After the publication of Michael Wolff's book, Fire and Fury, about Donald Trump and his administration, Stephen Colbert decided to investigate the validity of the book’s claims, enlisting the help of Melania Trump herself. 

    Welcoming the return of The Late Show's Melania Trump impersonator, Laura Benanti, on Wednesday, she quickly denounced the book's content. “It is pure fiction. Fake book. Every single word is lie,” she told him. 

    Though the (real) first lady’s spokesperson said that Melania supported Trump’s decision to run and "was confident he would win and was very happy when he did,” the book claimed Melania cried on election night. 

    “Oh, no no. That is true,” Benanti’s Melania revealed after Colbert asked about her rumored tears. “But they were tears of happiness. You know like you do at your wedding ... or every morning in the mirror.”

    The faux FLOTUS also explained that, at times, she has the “dead-eyed stare of contentment.” 

    During Monday's interview with author Michael Wolff, Colbert asked if he was surprised by the content in the book causing such a stir. “I thought we knew this,” Wolff said of alleged dysfunction in the Trump White House. 

    “It’s the Trump White House, everybody is lying in their own particularly way because that’s what you do in the Trump White House,” Wolff explained. 

    "How much should I believe?” Colbert asked him. “You should believe all of it, that’s the scary thing,” Wolff replied. “This is all true.”

  • The Hosts Blast Trump's Vulgar Immigration Remarks

    Late-night hosts took President Trump to task for comments he made Thursday, when the president reportedly questioned why the U.S. would want to admit more people from "shithole countries" during a meeting with lawmakers about a proposed bipartisan deal on immigration. The deal would have changed rules affecting immigrants from Africa and Haiti. 

    The Daily Show's Trevor Noah, who hails from South Africa, led the charge in late night, stating firmly how offended he was by the remarks. "I don't know how to break this to you, but I think the president might be racist," he said. "And, you know, as someone who is from South Shithole, I'm offended, Mr. President." 

    Noah added: "Because not only does he think brown countries are shitholes, he thinks what, we're never going to know what he said? I mean, don't get me wrong it may take a few weeks, but as soon as the news donkey reaches our village, we'll be so mad!"

    Over on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel attempted to make some sense of Trump's words. "Listen, I’m sure the fact that the countries he described as 'shitholes' are mostly populated by people of color — and the immigrants he wants from Norway are not — is a coincidence," he joked. "Because if it wasn’t, it would mean we voted for a racist. Like, a real one. And we’d have to get pitchforks and chase him out of the White House."

    The host also explained the "only silver lining" of the situation: getting to hear CNN's Wolf Blitzer say "S hole" all day to avoid the censors.

    The Late Show's Stephen Colbert pulled no punches in his opening monologue. "Sir, they're not shithole countries. For one, Donald Trump isn't their president," he said, to loud applause from the audience. 

    Responding to reports that Trump suggested the government should try and get more immigrants from countries such as Norway, Colbert joked, in character as Trump, "People with blonde hair who need a lot of sunscreen. You get what I'm saying? I'm saying I'm a racist."

    On Late Night, the president's comments prompted host Seth Meyers to create a new segment titled, "Seth Has to Walk Away for a Minute." The segment featured Meyers walking mostly off camera and away from his desk, muttering to himself incredulously, "I don't ... I just ... I mean, at what point, at what point ... do you just have some common decency? Some human emotion?"

    During his "A Closer Look" segment, Meyers again referenced the president's remarks. "To be fair, maybe he meant it as a compliment. After all, Trump does all of his best tweets while sitting on the shithole," he joked. He ended the bit by saying the national mood can be summed up with three words: "Please kill me." 

    On Comedy Central's The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, the host opened the show by taking aim at the backlash the president was receiving. He added: "Now I know what you're thinking? What do Norwegians have that Haitians and Africans don't? It's simple. They're all white (pause) -knuckle enthusiasts about making America great again."

  • Meryl Streep Fails Kimmel's Quiz About Her Own Oscar History

    Meryl Streep paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday to promote her latest film, The Post, and recounted her "wild night" at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

    When asked about her thoughts on Winfrey actually running for president in 2020, the actress wasn't opposed. "Somebody from the stage [mentioned] Tom Hanks, and he seemed ready to go," she added. "That would be a pretty good ticket.... You could just keep it in Hollywood, you know, you could have The Rock as the joint chief of staff, Harrison Ford running defense."

    The actress also participated in a speed quiz during which Kimmel asked Streep to name all 20 of her Oscar-nominated films in under 60 seconds (spoiler: she didn't pass the test).

    More specifically, Streep really struggled to remember that The Deer Hunter was her first Oscar nomination. "They say you always forget your first one, right?" Kimmel joked. 

  • James Corden Gets Into Costume

    Dating is rough. In a bit on The Late Late Show, The Shape of Water star Sally Hawkins went on a Tinder date, only to learn that it was Corden dressed as an actual catfish.

    After Hawkins asked why he looks nothing like his (human) profile picture, Corden explained, “You see, that’s me, in the tank,” pointing to the fish tank shown behind the photographed man.

    The date continued with more fish puns and jokes, including Corden rejecting the restaurant’s soup of the day as clam chowder (“Clams don’t like me. I don’t like them”), admitting he took an Uber pool as transportation and picking up Hawkins’ French fries to joke that together they make “fish and chips.”

    “But soon, Corden’s catfish got defensive. “You think because I’m a fish man, I don’t know what a normal person is? You know what, I should’ve known. You’re just like all of the rest of them,” Corden said before declaring they wouldn’t make the best pair. Hawkins then threw water at Corden, only for him to yell, “Joke’s on you. Where I come from, that’s a kiss on the cheek.” 

    In another costumed bit on The Late Late Show, Corden (as former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon) was joined by band leader Reggie Watts (dressed as Donald Trump), who got together one last time to reminisce about their time in the administration. 

    Revealing that he's now homeless, Corden's Bannon commented on Roy Moore's loss, adding that it's clear that "creepy old men will no longer succeed in this country," before slipping in a line about Woody Allen's latest film. Pulling out microphones, they fell into a duet of "Didn't We Almost Have It All," complete with montage of their past friendship. 

  • Late-Night Lineup: January 14-20

    Monday, January 15
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Sen. Chuck Schumer sits down with Colbert to discuss the week in politics. 

    Wednesday, January 17
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Today hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb visit their late-night counterpart on NBC. It was just announced that Kotb will officially take over Matt Lauer's place on Today

    Thursday, January 18
    Watch What Happens LiveGrace and Frankie stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda join the clubhouse to chat about their Netflix show and likely make Andy Cohen blush several times over.