Late-Night Lately: Kimmel's Health Care Battle, Colbert's Emmys Spat With Trump, Conan's Trip to Israel

8:00 AM 9/23/2017

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

  • Jimmy Kimmel Steps Into Health Care Debate

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    Jimmy Kimmel kicked off a week-long war on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, excoriating the GOP and President Trump's attempts to repeal Obamacare. 

    After two nights skewering Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy for misleading him on his intentions on health care reform and then accusing Kimmel of "not understanding" policy, the late-night host directed most of his derision for Trump, who had inserted himself into the growing row. Kimmel insisted that Trump couldn't care less or know less about health care. "I guarantee [Trump] doesn’t know anything about this Graham-Cassidy bill. He doesn’t know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. He barely knows the difference between Melania and Ivanka!" 

    Kimmel had sharp words for critics who claimed he wasn't qualified to talk about health care policy. "You know, a lot of people have been saying I’m not qualified to talk about this. And that is true — I’m not qualified to talk about this. But I think those people forget Bill Cassidy named his test after me!" 

    The host made the ironic observation that people telling him he was unqualified to talk about policy due to his celebrity status by comparing himself with the man in the White House. "I see these comments from these angry people, that say 'what qualifies you to talk about this stuff, you’re a comedian — go back to being not funny.'" He added: "And I feel like it’s my duty to remind these people who are so concerned about my qualifications — the guy you voted for president — his job qualification was this. He fired Meatloaf. And you put him in the White House."

    As he did the previous two nights, Kimmel ended the segment by imploring people to call senators who were wavering in their support for the Cassidy-Graham bill. 

    On Friday, Sen. John McCain said he wouldn't vote for the Graham-Cassidy bill, likely ending the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare as Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Kimmel took to Twitter to thank McCain for opposing the legislation after McCain's vote proved to be crucial in an earlier proposal. 

  • Stephen Colbert, Trump Spar About the Emmys

    Screengrab/The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert won't tolerate any fake news from President Donald Trump. After Colbert joked about Trump's obsession with the Emmys at Sunday's awards show, Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to address the awards show. The president tweeted that he was "saddened" by the show's low ratings and that they were the "worst ever."

    Colbert set the record straight on Wednesday's Late Show: "I swear I heard someone at the Emmys say they were the highest rated ever," he said. (Spicer addressed his Emmys appearance and responded to the backlash it received, revealing that Trump thought Spicer "did a great job," in an interview that aired on Good Morning America.)

    "I do want to point out that every single part of that tweet was factually incorrect," Colbert added. First, the awards ceremony did not take place on Monday as Trump suggested but actually the night before. 

    The late-night host then fact-checked Trump's claims that the 2017 Emmys were the worst rated. According to the Nielsen ratings, this year's Emmys had 11.4 million viewers, which is 100,000 more than the lowest rated Emmys of all time in 2016. "That's right. We had the second worst ratings of all time," Colbert told a cheering audience. "In your face."

  • Conan in Israel: Gal Gadot, Refugees and the Dead Sea

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    Conan O'Brien recently took a trip to Israel. The mission? "Make people laugh, and in the process alienate everyone."

    Speaking to some pedestrians, the host asks what the Israeli attitude is toward President Trump. "It's a good show for us," one of them replies. 

    While abroad, O'Brien ran into a few stars (Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot, namely), relaxed in the Dead Sea, threw himself a bar mitzvah, visited the Tel Aviv Waze HQ, went hookah shopping in Bethlehem, starred in a scene in Fauda, and, as always, learned the local dance styles. While at the Syrian border, he also visited Ziv Medical Center, a hospital where Israeli doctors are treating wounded Syrians. While at the West Bank, he talks with Palestinian activists and young people who have lived their whole lives in refugee camps.

  • Stephen Colbert Pokes Fun at Lawrence O'Donnell's On-Set Outburst

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    On Wednesday, footage was released of MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell expressing frustration with his control room and construction sounds. Stephen Colbert addressed the clip on Thursday's Late Show and said he sympathized with O’Donnell.

    “While the footage is not flattering, as a broadcaster I sincerely feel for Lawrence O’Donnell in this clip,” Colbert said.

    The host knows firsthand how stressful it can be to host a television show, and he admitted the tiniest distractions can make the job even more difficult. He even joked that he recently had a meltdown of his own while filming The Late Show. “That’s why, in solidarity with Lawrence O’Donnell, and just to get ahead of the story before it breaks, I’m releasing my own tape,” Colbert said.

    In the clip, Colbert curses and complains about hearing a woman discussing Christmas traditions in his earpiece. “Now she’s ringing sleigh bells and reciting ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas,’” he angrily explains. The clip later intensifies when he claims to hear a horse and loses sight of his own chair, ending with him slapping himself across the face and choking himself to the point where he falls out of his chair.

  • Hillary Clinton on Trump, 'What Happened'

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    Hillary Clinton says the primary goal of her new book, What Happened, is to make sure something like the 2016 election never happens again, she told host Stephen Colbert at The Late Show on Tuesday.

    She made her first of many stops on late-night television to talk about her new memoir, which she says attempts to answer the question of "what happened" with the election. "I feel like I've done my very best to layout what happened so that it doesn't happen again. That is my primary goal here."

    To critics who wish she would "just go away," Clinton joked, "You know, if they would take up a collection and send me somewhere really nice I might consider it," adding, "[But] I'm not going anywhere."

    On the possibility of Russians interfering with the election, she added: "I believe so strongly that [the Russians] believe that they succeeded in messing with our democracy," she said. When asked if she believed Russia's efforts were a personal attack on her, she said she doesn't take it personally. However, she did say the fact that she's a woman "does seem to get [Russian President Vladimir Putin] agitated."

    In regards to her comments earlier this week that she would "not rule out" questioning the results of the election, she clarified, "Nobody is talking about contesting the election, including me." Her advice, instead, is to mobilize. "What you do is mobilize politically to express your will and rejection of that kind of Russian involvement and coordination at the ballot box. That is where we settle our political differences."

  • Late-Night Lineup: September 25-30

    Monday, September 25
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Madonna stops by the late-night staple alongside Camila Cabello, leading to high hopes of an interesting duet. 

    Tuesday, September 26
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: With Channing Tatum on the show, fans are right to expect a few dance moves to spice up the evening. 

    Wednesday, September 27
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jared Leto visits with Fallon and maybe even comments on Warner Bros.' latest Joker casting plans. 

    Thursday, September 28
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Steve Martin and his band join Colbert for a brief musical interlude. 

    Friday, September 29:
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Colbert presents a rare Friday episode with legendary comic Jerry Seinfeld himself as the sole guest. 

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