Late-Night Lately: Hosts Address Trump's State of the Union, Rose McGowan Talks Weinstein, Stormy Daniels Plays Coy

8:00 AM 2/3/2018

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

  • Hosts Pick Apart Trump's State of the Union Address

    Courtesy of CBS

    Across the late-night dial on Tuesday, hosts took aim at President Donald Trump's first official State of the Union address.

    Stephen Colbert held a special live edition of his Late Show, in which the host tackled Trump's comments about the recent hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico. Colbert noted, "That will be a touching message for the people of Puerto Rico once they have electricity to turn on their TVs."

    Over on Comedy Central, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah and The Opposition's Jordan Klepper similarly were live following Trump's address. Noah addressed the president's comments on "Dreamers." Trump said in the speech, "My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers, too."

    Noah responded, "Damn. Did Trump just 'All Lives Matter' the Dreamers?" 

    “Forget everything you’ve just heard. For the last 30 minutes, this adorable man has been telling you dimpled lies," Klepper said at the beginning of his show as he held up a picture of Noah. "The Daily Show is the past. This is The Opposition."

    Klepper opened his show discussing the “American dream” Trump referred to in his speech. “A new American moment. That’s what Trump is all about. Democrats like registered Republican Bob Mueller keep living in the past, investigating old, dusty evidence about who influenced what election. Not Trump. He never talks about the 2016 election.” Later adding, “Stop thinking about what Donald Trump did and wake up in a cold sweat thinking about all the things he’s about to do."

    Throughout Trump’s speech, Democrats visibly remained seated, refusing to stand and clap for the president. “Apparently, we need Obamacare back, because Democrat legs don’t work,” Klepper said. Klepper also enlisted "citizen journalist" Tim Baltz to discuss how Trump’s speech was “too presidential." Missing the blunt jargon Trump is known to have, Baltz proceeded to replay clips from Trump’s speech and alter them to “Rally Trump” talk.

    On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the ABC host invited adult film actress Stormy Daniels to the program. He kicked off his monologue with some jokes about FLOTUS' appearance: "There's Melania wearing a nice white pantsuit in tribute to the president she voted for."

    In Conan O'Brien's monologue, the host poked fun at the president and the first lady. "Earlier tonight President Trump gave his State of the Union address and as per tradition, someone who opposes the President gave the rebuttal. So this year’s rebuttal was given by Melania," quipped O'Brien. The host then added, "Trump said he now supports a plan for young immigrants to become citizens. When asked why, Trump said, 'Because I may have to look for a new wife soon.'”

  • Rose McGowan Says She Was "Architect" of Weinstein Downfall


    Following appearances earlier on Good Morning America and The View to promote her new memoir, Brave, Rose McGowan sat down with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on Wednesday night to further discuss her history with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and her allegations that the ousted producer sexually assaulted her. 

    When asked about Weinstein, McGowan said she was "the architect" of the current movement. Colbert then asked the actress if she was told she was "crazy" when she first came out with allegations against Weinstein, to which she responded, "No, I see things."

    Earlier on Wednesday, McGowan responded to a statement issued by Weinstein's attorney claiming the actress' recent appearances and comments were an attempt to "smear" Mr. Weinstein with a "bold lie that is denied not only by Mr. Weinstein himself, but by at least two witnesses." The statement included emails from McGowan's then-manager, Jill Messick, and former co-star Ben Affleck in an attempt to bolster Weinstein's denial of the actress' rape claim. McGowan has said that she immediately informed both parties of the alleged assault. Affleck had initially commented in a November interview, saying he supports McGowan; since his email referenced by Weinstein was sent in July, the appearance contradicts that claim.

    "Mr. Weinstein has used his power to violate Rose in all too many ways, even resorting to proven espionage tactics in attempt to cover up his crimes," read McGowan's response, referencing what was first reported in The New Yorker about Weinstein using private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track his accusers, like McGowan. She said the use of Messick's and Affleck's emails, which occurred months before the first story broke about Weinstein on Oct. 5, prove that "Weinstein was on a fishing expedition to target and coerce potential witnesses." Messick's former assistant, Anne Woodward, also supported McGowan's claim to The New York Times in October.


  • Jimmy Kimmel Presses Stormy Daniels on Alleged Trump Affair

    Hours after President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address, the adult-film star he allegedly had an affair with in 2006 neither denied nor verified that she had signed an NDA that barred her from speaking about him.

    In a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Stormy Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — addressed a letter that had been sent to several journalists Tuesday reiterating a claim that she had not had an affair with Donald Trump. 

    When Kimmel asked her if she had a nondisclosure agreement with Trump, Clifford responded, "Do I?" 

    "If you did not have a nondisclosure agreement, you could say that you did not have a nondisclosure agreement," he responded.

    "You're so smart, Jimmy," she said.

    Kimmel then introduced a puppet that looked like Daniels and played "Never Have I Ever" with it in order to get an answer from her in the case that she did have an NDA. Clifford's puppet nodded to "Never have I ever had sex with a married man at a golf course," but didn't answer Kimmel's more pointed questions that clearly identified Trump.

    Watch the full interview here.

  • Helen Mirren/James Corden Face Off in "Drop the Mic" Battle

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    Tuesday's Late Late Show featured a long-awaited rap battle between two British legends of stage and screen. In the latest segment of "Drop the Mic," host James Corden took on one of Hollywood's biggest English stars, Helen Mirren. 

    The event began with Corden strolling into the ring wearing a shiny silver boxing robe. Introduced as "This Dame who doesn't give a damn," Mirren pulled up in her own regal-looking costume, complete with a crown. 

    Corden hit the Winchester star first: "Helen is basically an icon in her craft/ When I heard she wanted to battle me all I could do was laugh/ Back home she's considered the actress you have to fear/ We're in America now, Meryl Streep lives here," rapped Corden.

    Mirren was not to be deterred. "I’m the one you should fear, wherever I go/ If I’m a pain in your ass, that leaves a lot of room to grow/ You stand out, but for games and banter/ Other shows do comedy, you just pander." 

  • Hosts Debunk Trump's State of the Union Ratings Claim


    After President Trump tweeted that his State of the Union's ratings as the “highest number in history, late-night hosts Stephen Colbert and James Corden were ready to offer their counterpoints to his claim.

    “What Trump tweeted isn’t remotely true. I know. Shocking!” The Late Late Show’s Corden said during his opening monologue Thursday.

    Nielsen reported that about 45.6 million tuned in to watch Trump Tuesday night, which is roughly 5 percent below Trump's speech to Congress last year. Former President Barack Obama’s first SOTU had 48 million views, with the most-watched SOTU address this century being George W. Bush's speech in 2003, seen by an average of 62 million viewers.

    As for Trump's ratings, Corden joked, "That’s nearly one person for every standing ovation the Republicans gave him throughout the speech." The late-night host also quipped that every address is "pretty unwatchable."

    Over on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Colbert was quick to dub Trump’s claim as “not true” and a “lie.”

    “It doesn’t matter how many people watched. But what does matter is that the president needs to lie about it and then somehow get away with it. This is the new world we live in,” Colbert said. The CBS host then sarcastically congratulated the president for “winning the Super Bowl.” “Also you make a great Black Panther,” Colbert jokingly added. 

    Colbert then emphasized that, while Trump didn’t make history with his ratings, he managed to make “Twitter history” by having his address be the most tweeted-about address. “Yes, Twitter history. It’s like regular history, but shorter and not true. And somehow, more Nazis.”  

  • James Corden and Fellow Hosts Responds to Grammys Critics

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    Fresh off of hosting Sunday's Grammys, James Corden addressed the criticism the ceremony faced for being too political (after Hillary Clinton's surprise appearance as part of a sketch about Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury). Corden explained that the Trump administration found issue with it, after several political figures including Nikki Haley tweeted about the sketch. 

    “So I guess Nikki only liked the other nonpolitical moments of the Grammys. You know, Kendrick Lamar’s performance about police violence or U2’s performance about immigration in front of the Statue of Liberty,” Corden joked. “Well Nikki Haley, you can tell your boss, some of us love politics without the Twitter meltdowns thrown in." 

    Stephen Colbert added his voice to the chorus. "It was a pretty political show last night. A lot of artists called out Trump's immigration policies," he told the audience in his opening monologue, specifically mentioning Camila Cabello, U2 and the rapper Logic, prompting Colbert to joke, "not the first time that Donald Trump and logic have been at odds."

    He also gave a shoutout to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Haley: "She just wants to take us back to when music was less political. You know, John Lennon, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, N.W.A. I for one love their song 'No Comment on the Police.' "

    Meanwhile over on Comedy Central's The Opposition, Jordan Klepper discussed the “antifa-rally” hosted by Corden Sunday night. “This year’s Grammys was a liberal woke-off. … Beyonce wore a hat with a live-caged Harvey Weinstein inside.”

    On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah fired back at Donald Trump Jr.’s tweet slamming Clinton. “Being able to go on the Grammys and talk shit about Trump, because you feel like it, that literally is the consolation prize. Yeah, that’s exactly what Hillary should be doing,” Noah said.

    “People are like ‘Oh Hillary go away.’ I’m like, you can’t expect someone to lose the presidency, but then still act presidential. That’s not how it works. It’s like if you lose the Miss America pageant, you don’t have to pretend about child hunger anymore.”

  • Late-Night Lineup: February 4-10

    Monday, February 5
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Oscar nominee and Lady Bird star Saiorse Ronan sits down with Jimmy Fallon. 

    Tuesday, February 6
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Fellow Oscar nominee Willem Defoe, who recieved the nod for his role in The Florida Project, visits James Corden.

    Wednesday, February 7
    Conan: Van Jones, who has a new show on CNN, stops by Conan. Jones' first guest on The Van Jones Show, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, called Trump's alleged "shithole countries" comments "hurtful" during the first episode.