Late-Night Lately: Hosts Slam Trump Amid Gun Rhetoric, Jennifer Lawrence Fires Back at Weinstein

8:00 AM 3/3/2018

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 Skewer Trump for Saying He'd Have "Run in There" During School Shooting

    After President Donald Trump commented Monday that even if he didn't have a weapon, he would have run into a school while a gunman was attacking in order to protect students. Late-night hosts had some thoughts. 

    NBC's Late Night host Seth Meyers introduced a new portion of his program after reading the comments: “This brings us to a new segment entitled, ‘It slowly dawns on Seth that this man is our president.’ "

    Later, in his "Closer Look" segment, Meyers said he didn't "believe Trump would run anywhere, let alone into a school shooting." Meyers said Trump is "not exactly Liam Neeson," and if he was in the Taken film series they would have had to change the name to My Daughter's Gone, Let's Move On.

    Over on The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert similarly noted, “At this point I go to bed every night believing there is nothing [Trump] could say or do that would possibly surprise me — then the sun comes up.”

    Addressing Trump’s comments about arming teachers, Colbert said, “Everybody knows shooting a gun is a natural talent. Not everybody's got it. You have to be born with at least one finger, and sometimes it's the only way out of the neighborhood, playing 'gun ball.' You guys know gun ball? You give one guy a gun and then you shoot him."

    On Trump's comments that he'd "run in there," Colbert pointed out Trump's "five deferments" from the Vietnam War. "What are you going to do, run in there and stab them with your bone spurs?" Colbert asked.

    On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah tried to play devil’s advocate. “To be fair,” he said, “if Donald Trump ran into a school during a shooting, I do believe he would stop the shooting. Imagine you’re a school shooter and Donald Trump appears in the hallway. How distracting would that be?” Noah then launched into an impersonation of the president, saying, “‘That’s right, it’s me, Donald Trump. I don’t have a gun, but what I do have is an amazing electoral college victory.' … Then, like eight minutes later, the police show up and Trump is still talking.”

  • John Oliver Blasts Trump for "Clearly Terrible" Ideas About Guns

    John Oliver slammed President Trump for suggesting that teachers in schools be armed in the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Fla.

    At a "listening session" last week with parents and students, including many affected by the Feb. 14 shooting, in which 17 people were killed, Trump suggested the idea, which received no support from those present. "We need to let people know — you come into our schools, you're going to be dead, and it's going be fast," Trump said during the event.

    On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver took Trump to task. "OK, so first thing there: 'You're going to be dead, and it's going to be fast' is already the slogan for Carl's Jr., so you can't use that," he joked.

    He went on: "Trump's support for this clearly terrible idea seemed to develop over the week. He actually focus-grouped it on Wednesday during a listening session featuring survivors of the shooting — a session, incidentally, for which his notes included a reminder to say 'I hear you' [as seen on photographers' pictures of his note cards], which is what you might write down if you were a robot pretending to be a person pretending to be a robot pretending to be a person."

  • Jennifer Lawrence Drinks With Colbert, Calls Harvey Weinstein a "Horrible Ass Boil"

    Jennifer Lawrence didn't hold back in her appearance on Monday's episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. After the Red Sparrow actress and Colbert took shots of rum and removed their shoes, the CBS host asked Lawrence about being "ill-used in the defense of Harvey Weinstein."

    Weinstein's lawyers had previously cited both Lawrence and Meryl Streep in an attempt to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit against him, only to later apologize after both actresses issued statements condemning the move.

    "He is just that horrible ass boil that does not go away," Lawrence told Colbert. "You pop the ass boil — he's just the worst. When is it going to end?"

    Monday also marked the U.S. premiere of Red Sparrow, but Lawrence said she doesn't want everyone to see the film. "If you're, like, a typical hater, and you have a blog, don't go," Lawrence said. "You're officially, totally uninvited."

  • Chadwick Boseman Surprises Passionate 'Black Panther' Fans

    Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman surprised fans as they expressed their feelings of gratitude over the film on Wednesday's Tonight Show

    As fans lined up in front of a poster of T'Challa to voice their feelings, they were unaware that the King of Wakanda himself was listening behind a curtain, alongside Jimmy Fallon. One mother, along with her young son, said, "My son’s life has been defined by Barack Obama and now by Black Panther." When Boseman emerged, they were left nearly speechless. 

    “You are way too kind," said Boseman. "Barack Obama? Come on.”

    Another man, whose father was from Ghana, said he’s seen the film twice — once on bootleg. Boseman emerged to surprise him, laughing and asking, “You’re going to bootleg my movie?”

  • Jordan Klepper Launches #BlameKeppler Campaign After Facing Criticism From Alex Jones

    Though Alex Jones is one strike away from facing a potential ban from YouTube, The Opposition host Jordan Klepper had another issue to hash out with the InfoWars host after Jones called out Klepper, or "Keppler" as Jones called him, as a "failed actor" and "classic psychopath." 

    “This Keppler guy. ... Keppler, who attack us five nights a week and who say things we never said,” Jones said on his show. “Klepper is like the classic psychopath in school and he’s just lording and enjoying the lies. Keppler is a failed actor. So, he’s another dropping of Soros.”

    “There’s a failed actor out there on Comedy Central who’s attacking Alex Jones and his name is Jordan…Keppler,” the late-night host responded, reiterating Jones’ mispronunciation of his last name. Klepper concluded: "Don’t be fooled. This guy is bad news. He’s deep state.”

    Though Klepper explained Jones “never lets a total lack of evidence stop him from reporting the truth,” he added that the reasoning behind Jones’ dislike is due to Klepper’s criticism of InfoWars.

    “Opposers, don’t let the mainstream media and Keppler win,” Klepper said, proceeding to launch his own hashtag campaign dubbed #BlameKeppler. “Can’t pay off your student loans? Well, whose choice was it to major in musical poetry? Blame Keppler… Get your YouTube channel shut down for violating their policy on hate speech, thus drastically reducing your vitamin supplement revenue stream? Blame Keppler!”

  • Late-Night Lineup: March 4-10

    Monday, March 5
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton stops by CBS, where Colbert likely has several questions for her about current events. 

    Tuesday, March 6
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: John Oliver, known as one of most politically minded late-night hosts, meets up with Fallon, who often falls on the opposite end of that spectrum. 

    Watch What Happens Live: Olympian superstar Adam Rippon makes the late-night rounds, including a stop at the clubhouse with Andy Cohen.