Late-Night Lately: Hosts (and Guest Hosts) Take on Halloween, Trump and Harassment in Hollywood

8:00 AM 11/4/2017

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.

Late Night Lately Channing Tatum, Stephen Colbert and Jenny Hagel - Split - Publicity - H 2017
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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

  • Jimmy Kimmel, Channing Tatum Continue Halloween Candy Prank

    The results of Jimmy Kimmel's annual prank, "Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy," were revealed on Thursday's show, which Jennifer Lawrence guest-hosted and Kim Kardashian West appeared on. Kimmel was out for the week due to a scheduled surgery for his son Billy. 

    The seventh annual video once again showed kids' reactions to being told that their parents ate all of their Halloween candy. Bonus: Channing Tatum also took part, and on the day after Halloween, Dave Grohl guest-hosted in costume as David Letterman. 

    Later in the show, Lawrence, a Keeping Up With the Kardashians superfan, had the opportunity to interview Kardashian West, who she referred to as "my utter obsession, our lord Jesus God Kim Kardashian" in her opening monologue.

    Lawrence came prepared with tons of questions for the reality star and mogul, including: do her and husband Kanye West fart in front of each other ("I don't fart, what are you talking about?" Kardashian West demurred); what is the weirdest thing Kanye does ("he falls asleep anywhere"); and more.

    Channing Tatum filled in for Kimmel on Wednesday's broadcast, and still managed to join in on the fun during the show's annual prank. "If I'm asking you to do this to your kids, I should probably do mine too," Tatum told the audience. Showing a home recording, Tatum informed his daughter that he ate all her candy, only to have her pout and hide. After telling her it was just a joke, Tatum's daughter continued to stay upset, telling Tatum, "That's not funny."

    Meanwhile, Kimmel participated in the show's viral hit, recording a video with his daughter, Jane. Unfazed, Jane asked Kimmel where the Swedish Fish was. Kimmel explained that her mother ate it, whereas he only ate "Skittles and M&Ms and Kit Kats and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, gum and the eyeballs and the Twizzlers and the lollipop."

  • Hosts Take On Kevin Spacey Sexual Harassment Claim

    Late-night hosts addressed the sexual harassment claim, and subsequent coming out as a gay man, made against Kevin Spacey throughout segments and monologues this week. 

    In a segment called “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That,” Trevor Noah was quick to joke about the backlash following Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp’s accusation against Spacey, in which he claimed the actor made a sexual advance toward him when he was only 14 years old.

    “In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the house of cards is falling down around powerful men in Hollywood…literally," joked the Daily Show host, referencing Spacey's hit Netflix show. "Why is the twist always that Kevin Spacey is the bad guy?”

    Commenting on the many Hollywood sexual harassment and assault claims emerging lately, Noah finished with, “Another day, another example of a man abusing his power.”

    Meyers also addressed the Spacey scandal, but not without adding a quip about the president.

    During The Opposition With Jordan Klepper, the host compared the rising number of sexual harassment and assault claims to the film industry itself. 

    “Of course, after Harvey Weinstein blew up, Hollywood couldn’t resist a sequel. They have no original ideas, and by the looks of this news right now, sexual harassment will have more installments than all the Saw movies and Fast and the Furious ones combined,” Klepper joked.

    He proceeded to ridicule Spacey: “Maybe I did it, but also I’m coming out as gay. Can we focus on the gay part?” Many have been quick to criticize Spacey’s apology. GLAAD released a statement criticizing the actor and encouraging the public and media to focus on Rapp’s story of survival and courage to speak out against the House of Cards star.

    On Wednesday's Late Night With Seth Meyers, writer Jenny Hagel took jabs at Spacey's controversial apology. "I'm gay and as a gay woman, I have a lot of problems with Kevin Spacey's statement," Hagel began in her segment entitled "A Lot of Problems." "It is inappropriate to respond to an accusation of pedophilia by saying 'I'm gay.' "

    Hagel asserted that coming out is a "courageous act of honesty," but Spacey's moment was used as a "justification for a crime." "That's why no one goes to court and says, 'I plead gay' or enters the legal term 'gabeous corpus.'"

    "Now you choose to live as a gay man after you threw us all under the bus? That's like saying, 'I told everyone you're an asshole. Now I choose to come to your dinner party.' Too late. You're not invited," Hagel explained. "The gay community has been made up of brave, brilliant people. … You're not in the gay community. You're in the creep community. Go celebrate creep pride and throw a little creep parade and leave us out of it."

  • Hosts Tackle "Mueller Time" Following Indictment Announcement

    Late-night hosts were quick to pounce on Monday morning's news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election resulted in indictments for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on felony charges of conspiracy against the United States and other counts, as well as a guilty plea by former adviser George Papadopoulos to interactions between Trump campaign associates and Russian intermediaries during the campaign.

    On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert started by addressing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ comments that the indictments had nothing to do with Trump and more to do with Hillary Clinton. “Of course, Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia to lose the election,” Colbert said. 

    When addressing the previous statements by Trump and his administration that they "never knew of any attempt to coordinate with Russia," Colbert looked for a phrase to sum up the news from Mueller. "How do I say this...'Fake News,' " Colbert quipped, imitating Trump's voice. 

    Over on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah found a bright side to the "crappy day" Manafort was having. "At least it happened before Halloween, because now he can change his costume to sexy convict," the Comedy Central host said. 

    NBC's Seth Meyers also addressed the issue on Late Night during his "Closer Look" segment. Meyers showed clips of Manafort fumbling for words during a CBS This Morning interview. He also showed Trump’s series of tweets on the issue, commenting that the president “is not handling this well.”

    "He is so bad at this,” said Meyers. "It’s like getting pulled over and saying, ‘I wasn’t speeding, officer, and there’s no cocaine in the glove compartment! Don’t look there. It’s a waste of your time.'’”

    Meyers added, "The Trump administration is turning into a game of Clue, but since it’s Trump, Clueless.”

    On The Late Late Show, Corden showed a news clip of Manafort stuttering after being asked about Trump’s Russia ties in July 2016. “Do we really need the FBI in all of this? My six-year old would watch that video and go, ‘Yeah, that guy’s lying,'” the late-night host said. 

    Corden also compared Trump's attempt to steer attention to Clinton as someone being charged in a murder case and saying, “look at O.J. Simpson" instead. 

    Meanwhile on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon joked about Manafort’s questionable interview, saying his stuttering showcased “the way someone guilty talks.” 

  • James Corden, 'Thor: Ragnarok' Cast Act Out Live Performance for 'Thor 4D'

    James Corden and the cast of Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok crashed a screening of the new film at the Grove in Los Angeles this week to perform a "4D" live performance. 

    Shortly into the film's opening scene, Corden cut in onscreen to inform the confused audience that they had purchased a ticket "to the future," beginning to read stage directions for the big event. 

    Star Chris Hemsworth, sporting a cheap Thor costume, blonde wig and hammer, arrived on stage first. Next, Tom Hiddleston, similarly decked out, walked on stage to raucous applause. Cate Blanchett, the villain in the film, showed up with an array of pipe cleaners on her back, fashioned to imitate the horns of her character.

    Soon after, Jeff Goldblum made an entrance on a scooter to introduce his "grand champion," Mark Ruffalo, who, of course, was dressed in a cheap Hulk costume. Hemsworth, Ruffalo, Hiddleston and Tessa Thompson squared off against Blanchett and her "ferocious guard dog" — a stuffed huskie dog. "And they all lived happily ever after...until the next Thor movie," Corden narrated.

    Backstage, the actors celebrated. "Thor: Ragnarok 4D gets 10 Goldblums out of a possible 10 Goldblums. That's my highest rating," Goldblum said.

  • Billy Eichner Goes on Trump Rant During Halloween Game

    Dressed as a banana in honor of Halloween, Billy Eichner went on a rant about Donald Trump during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday.

    “I hate Donald Trump. I am sick of Donald Trump, with everybody who associates with him and today is just the beginning. Anybody celebrating Halloween this year is complicit!" Eichner yelled to Colbert. “Your kids shouldn’t be going out tomorrow night looking for candy. They should be looking for answers.”

    The American Horror Story: Cult actor created a game for host Stephen Colbert to play, “Hocus Pocus or Trump’s White House," in which the host had to guess which facts applied to the Halloween film, the White House or to both.

    Eichner’s “facts” included: “Features a bunch of evil, hateful women,” “Has inspired Bette Midler to do a lot of screaming and complaining,” “Ben Carson believes it’s real” and “Ends with a lot of people going to jail.”

  • Late-Night Lineup: November 5-11

    Monday, November 6
    Conan: "Conan at the Apollo" week starts off with guest and fellow late-night host Stephen Colbert. 

    Wednesday, November 8
    Late Night With Seth Meyers: The Clintons take on late night, with Hillary Clinton promoting her book, What Happened, on Late Night, while Bill Clinton appears as a guest on TBS' Conan. 

    Thursday, November 9
    Conan: The host's week at the Apollo continues with the cast of Daddy's Home 2 (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow).