Late-Night Lately: Mocking Trump's "Fake News Awards," Samantha Bee on #MeToo, James Corden's Melania Ballad

8:00 AM 1/20/2018

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

  • None of the Hosts Won at Trump's "Fake News Awards"

    Over the last few weeks, late-night shows have rolled out impressive awards campaigns for the "Fake News Awards" that President Trump doled out on Wednesday. Trump ultimately didn't give any laurels to late night on Wednesday — but that didn't stop the hosts from having fun with the proceedings.

    First, Jimmy Kimmel handed out a "Fake News Award" to CNN host "Wolf Blitzer." (In reality, CNN won four of Trump's awards, but Blitzer won none). "I have so many people to acknowledge," the pseudo-anchor said. "First I want to thank our fake-news writers, who brilliantly made our bullshit all year long." "Wolf" then pointed out that his golden award was a fist showing only its middle finger.

    Kimmel, pointing out that "Wolf" wasn't even the real Wolf Blitzer, said that everything about the acceptance speech was fake. 

    The next night, Kimmel decided to “extend the same honor” to the president and create his own award show, on behalf of the media, dubbed, the “Dishonest and Corrupt President Awards.”

    Over on the Late Show, Colbert opened his show by announcing, “I am proud to say, The Late Show won Fakest in Late Night.” Colbert then congratulated his staff and received a standing ovation from his audience. However, Colbert may have been a bit misleading: “I would say I’m humbled, but I think we deserve it because I’m lying right now. We didn’t win.”

    “I’m sad to say The Late Show was snubbed. … But at least, for once, we didn’t lose to John Oliver,” Colbert said the following night. 

    James Corden was quick to joke about the website revealing the winners crashing. “Is that the website for the Fake News Awards or the current website for the United States of America? Only Trump would put a picture of himself giving a thumbs up next to the message that says ‘error,” Corden joked.

    The host also said the hype was disappointing because it wasn’t an actual awards ceremony, but rather a “typed-up list.” “That is not an award ceremony. That is a Craigslist ad,” Corden said. Though Corden said he did not win an award, he felt honored to not be nominated.

    Late-night hosts also poked fun at the awards online earlier on Wednesday when Trump didn't announce them at the previously appointed time of 2 p.m. PT.

    The Daily Show host Trevor Noah tweeted, "Wait, what if the 'Fake News' Awards are actually the 'Fake' News Awards?"

    "It's 5:00pm. Do you know where your fake awards are?" Full Frontal's Samantha Bee tweeted.

  • Samantha Bee Fires Back at #MeToo Critics

    In a takedown of naysayers criticizing the #MeToo movement, Full Frontal host Samantha Bee fired back at the backlash the movement has seen, explaining that rather than being empowering, it has transitioned into a "#YouTooLoud" condemnation. 

    After numerous women have come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment and assault, Bee argued that their speaking out is misconstrued to being centered on men, rather than the women themselves. 

    "Any kind of sexual harassment or coercion is unacceptable, so what the fuck are women supposed to do to protect ourselves? If we go public with a story, we're petty crybabies hell-bent on destroying men's careers. If we write a secret list to protect each other, we're gossipy shrews telling lies in the shadows. What men literally cannot understand is, this isn't about them."

    She later added: "I'm sorry that anyone ever thought the contents of that list or any of the other ways we protect ourselves from men were your goddamn business. I'm sorry you thought you got to choose what experiences we can share or how we react to the shitty ways we've been treated. And to men, specifically, I'm sorry our request to be respected makes office culture a little less fun and flirty. And I'm sorry that we tattled on that stuff you did on us even when it was totally not rape."

  • James Corden's "Melania Trump" Performs "Part of Your World"

    Courtesy of CBS

    Though the American public might never know what's really going on in Melania Trump's head, James Corden attempted to try to interpret the First Lady's thoughts through song. 

    In a bit on Thursday's Late Late Show, Corden sings a ballad of longing as Melania herself, all in the stylings of the Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World.” Much like the little mermaid, she wishes she could see the world outside of her room, but her room is a White House bedroom, and the world she wishes for is one “out where they don’t collude with Russia."

    The song hits all the assumed annoyances of living with the president, including his incessant tweeting, his romantic penchant for his daughter and his wide collection of hair pieces.

  • Jessica Chastain, Jimmy Fallon Swap Gender Roles in Film Scenes

    Courtesy of NBC

    Set to make her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live this week, Jessica Chastain stopped by The Tonight Show, where she and Fallon played a game in which they read short scenes, but swapped gender roles as a way to acknowledge the purpose of the Time’s Up initiative. 

    The first film scene was from a romantic comedy where Chastain’s male dialogue became the main focus, leaving Fallon left to say minimal words. “I barely got to speak there, but I tried,” the late-night host joked afterward. 

    The pair then acted out an action scene, where Fallon had no dialogue once again. “I didn’t get to speak at all in that one,” Fallon said, to which Chastain pointed out, “There you go.”  Fallon was able to read more lines while acting out a sci-fi film. 

    Set to make her hosting debut to the Saturday Night Live stage later this week, Jessica Chastain revealed to Jimmy Fallon how nervous she was for the anticipated day.

    “I am so nervous,” the actress said of her upcoming debut, also explaining that she couldn’t say her name when filming the promo. “Yeah, so we’ll see how Saturday goes,” the actress joked.

    Though Chastain is new to the SNL stage, the actress explained that she has friends who have hosted the show before including, Sam Rockwell, Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer.

    “Gal said that it should be fine for me, because English is my first language,” the actress joked of the Wonder Woman star’s advice. Meanwhile Schumer informed her, “Just make sure you play everything super-serious, like your life depends on it.” Chastain then revealed the subtle advice Rockwell offered which was simply to drink water “stay hydrated.”

    Though nervous to step into hosting shoes, Chastain also recalled her nerve-wracking experience meeting Oprah Winfrey, which she describes as not going well.

    “Because I started crying… I’m such a loser,” the actress said, further recalling the comical encounter she shared with Winfrey. “I just started crying and I said, ‘You raised me.” After Fallon jokingly asked whether the actress was still able to continue speaking with Winfrey, Chastain said, “I kind of blacked out after that moment.”

    Though she hadn’t had any other encounter with Winfrey, Chastain recalled the moment the camera cut to Winfrey after the actress gave her speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Chastain explained that Winfrey was seen mouthing the word “wow” after her speech. “I don’t know if it was a good wow or a bad wow… She knows I exist.”

    Later in the show, Chastain and Fallon played a game where they recited film scenes, but swapped gender roles as a way to acknowledge the purpose of the Time’s Up initiative, to which Chastain is a part of.

    The first film scene was from a romantic comedy where Chastain’s male dialogue became the main focus, leaving Fallon left to say minimal words.

    “I barely got to speak there, but I tried,” the late-night host joked afterward. The pair then acted out an action scene, where Fallon had no dialogue once again. “I didn’t get to speak at all in that one,” Fallon said, to which Chastain pointed out, “There you go.”  Fallon was able to read more lines while acting out a sci-fi film. 

    Set to make her hosting debut to the Saturday Night Live stage later this week, Jessica Chastain revealed to Jimmy Fallon how nervous she was for the anticipated day.

    “I am so nervous,” the actress said of her upcoming debut, also explaining that she couldn’t say her name when filming the promo. “Yeah, so we’ll see how Saturday goes,” the actress joked.

    Though Chastain is new to the SNL stage, the actress explained that she has friends who have hosted the show before including, Sam Rockwell, Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer.

    “Gal said that it should be fine for me, because English is my first language,” the actress joked of the Wonder Woman star’s advice. Meanwhile Schumer informed her, “Just make sure you play everything super-serious, like your life depends on it.” Chastain then revealed the subtle advice Rockwell offered which was simply to drink water “stay hydrated.”

    Though nervous to step into hosting shoes, Chastain also recalled her nerve-wracking experience meeting Oprah Winfrey, which she describes as not going well.

    “Because I started crying… I’m such a loser,” the actress said, further recalling the comical encounter she shared with Winfrey. “I just started crying and I said, ‘You raised me.” After Fallon jokingly asked whether the actress was still able to continue speaking with Winfrey, Chastain said, “I kind of blacked out after that moment.”

    Though she hadn’t had any other encounter with Winfrey, Chastain recalled the moment the camera cut to Winfrey after the actress gave her speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Chastain explained that Winfrey was seen mouthing the word “wow” after her speech. “I don’t know if it was a good wow or a bad wow… She knows I exist.”

    Later in the show, Chastain and Fallon played a game where they recited film scenes, but swapped gender roles as a way to acknowledge the purpose of the Time’s Up initiative, to which Chastain is a part of.

    The first film scene was from a romantic comedy where Chastain’s male dialogue became the main focus, leaving Fallon left to say minimal words.

    “I barely got to speak there, but I tried,” the late-night host joked afterward. The pair then acted out an action scene, where Fallon had no dialogue once again. “I didn’t get to speak at all in that one,” Fallon said, to which Chastain pointed out, “There you go.”  Fallon was able to read more lines while acting out a sci-fi film. 

  • Leslie Jones Explains Why She Wants Oprah to Run for President

    Courtesy of NBC

    After Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones impersonated Oprah Winfrey during the show’s broadcast last week, the comedian explained to Seth Meyers her connection to the media mogul. 

    “I was scared, though, I wasn’t gonna get her voice right. I really wanted to do her justice, ‘cause she is the bomb,” Jones explained to the Late Night host Tuesday night.

    “While they were doing my makeup and putting everything on, I just had her picture in front of me and I just stared at her. And you just get that Oprah feeling. Like, you know, she has this chin, smile, fulfilling,” Jones explained as she began to impersonate Winfrey’s facial expressions.

    Though it's a nerve-racking role to take on, Jones assured that she would benefit if Winfrey runs for president in 2020. “She has to run, ‘cause I’ll get an Emmy if she runs,” Jones joked. “I will play her to death. Go for it Oprah! I’d vote for you now.”

  • Late-Night Lineup: January 21-27

    Monday, January 22
    The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Fire and Fury author and THR columnist Michael Wolff continues his press tour with a stop at Comedy Central. 

    Watch What Happens Live: Full Frontal's Samantha Bee joins news legend Dan Rather in the clubhouse. 

    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: The CBS host sits down with another CBS host, James Corden, ahead of Corden's Grammys gig. 

    Saturday, January 27
    Conan: The TBS host's latest episode abroad, Conan in Haiti, airs in response to Trump's recent comments about immigration. 

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