Late Night Lately: Meyers Presses Meghan McCain, 'Spider-Man' Cast on Spoilers, Colbert-'Veep' Crossover

8:00 AM 5/11/2019

by THR Staff

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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 pour 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 that you can't afford to miss.

This week: Meghan McCain and Seth Meyers had an intense run-in when they tried to discuss congresswoman Ilhan Omar, with McCain saying Meyers was too ardently defending her: "Are you her publicist?" Meanwhile, the Spider-Man: Far From Home cast joined Jimmy Kimmel mostly to discuss spoilers and Samuel L. Jackson, and the Veep cast joined Stephen Colbert for a crossover cold open. Also: see what the hosts had to say about Monday's Met Gala ensembles

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman  

  • Seth Meyers Presses Meghan McCain About Ilhan Omar Comments

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    Meghan McCain made a tense appearance on Seth Meyers' Late Night this week. Their 11-minute conversation started out genial, but the exchange took a heated turn when the subject of Ilhan Omar came up.

    Meyers was the first to mention her, asking about McCain's seeming attempt to tie Omar's former tweets to last month's Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting in San Diego — along with comments McCain made during a recent appearance on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos.

    Meyers thought McCain misrepresented Omar's statements, as the Muslim politician has clarified that she was criticizing the Israeli lobby in the U.S. and not all Jews. Omar also apologized for her tweets before McCain referenced them on This Week.

    "You once again, on a Sunday news show, brought up her tweets again in the context of that shooting," Meyers said to McCain. "I do think it’s fairly dangerous, and you brought it up after Congresswoman Omar had also had some death threats against her. She’s obviously now stated she needs to be more careful with her language. Don’t you think people who talk about her need to be a little bit more thoughtful as well?"

    The conservative View co-host replied, "I don’t think I tied her to it in particular. I think that I’m calling out what I see as anti-Semitic language." Meyers then pointed out, "But you called it out after she’d apologized for it. I do want to establish the timeline."

    McCain tried to defend her remarks. "I think the Democrats are hedging on this, and I think it's very dangerous, and I think Chuck Schumer and I are in alignment about Israel's stance in geopolitical politics. I think it's of the utmost importance — and I think [Omar] is bringing her party to the extreme…to the extremism on this," she said. "I stand by every single thing I've said, and if that makes me unpopular in this room or in front of you, so be it."

    Meyers responded, "See, that's a weird thing, that you can take the position of trying to be 'unpopular.' Here I am trying to find the common ground on this."

    Eventually, Meyers told her, "You do keep bringing up the two tweets that she’s apologized for, and I think that’s a little unfair to her," Meyers responded, to which McCain fired back, "Are you her publicist?"

  • 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Cast on Avoiding Spoilers

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    Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders and Jacob Batalon spoke about Spider-Man: Far From Home and Avengers: Endgame spoilers when they visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday.

    During the interview, Holland confirmed that the latest Spider-Man film picks up immediately following Avengers: Endgame. While the actor originally felt comfortable discussing the timeline of the film, his co-stars seemed more reluctant to share any spoilers.

    Kimmel noted that the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home features a disclaimer for spoilers. "And of all people, I gave the spoilers away," said Holland.

    "On the Spider-Man script, we would get sides. You have to learn your lines obviously before the next day at work and we'd get the lines," explained Zendaya. "Anything that had spoilers in it was blacked out, so most of the script was blacked out. It's kind of hard to learn your lines when you can't see them."

    Later in the interview, Gyllenhaal spoke about his character Mysterio, his relationship with Spider-Man and hearing Samuel Jackson curse in the film. "He does it the best," said Smulders.

    While Holland said it was "terrifying" to hear Jackson call his character a "bitch," Gyllenhaal added that "it sounded so good coming out of his mouth."

    "It's kind of every young actor's dream, though, to be called a bitch by Sam Jackson," said Holland.

  • Colbert Presents 'Veep'-'Late Show' Crossover

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    Stephen Colbert popped intVeep's universe this week as he welcomed the cast to the show. 

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her co-stars filmed a special cold open for The Late Show, which played out like a bonus scene of the HBO political comedy — until Colbert transported himself into Selina Meyer's headquarters. 

    The scene picked up, theoretically, after the events of Sunday's penultimate episode of the final season. After watching Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons) push his eerily timely anti-vax message during a Pennsylvania rally, the cold open showed Selina (Louis-Dreyfus) plotting her next move. 

    That's when Colbert appears to yell, "Stop! I beg you, stop!"

    "My name is Stephen Colbert and I come from a different dimension," he explains. "The things that you're doing on this earth then happen in my world, over and over again."

    He's referencing the show's storylines that tend to echo the real world, as Colbert offers examples: "Foul-mouthed president who tweets like a child, blaming everything on the Chinese. Election interference. A completely moronic press secretary" ... "700 measles cases and rising. You are killing my world!"

    In typical Veep fashion, Selina and her gang couldn't care less about their impact on humanity. Selina instead mocks Colbert: "Seriously, you look like Letterman took the least funny dump of his life into a child suit!"

    Colbert later welcomed 10 members of the ensemble cast onto the show as guests. The cast reminisced about the last seven years while discussing some of their most memorable scenes and revealing who has the foulest mouth in real life (the title goes to Louis-Dreyfus). Colbert also played an exclusive clip from the series finale, which Louis-Dreyfus said is her favorite episode of the entire series. The scene showed a meeting of all the potential candidates arguing about the state of the party's convention — and the explicit clip included five bleeps.

  • 'Wine Country' Cast Recalls Favorite 'SNL' Sketches

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    Several castmembers from the Amy Poehler-helmed Netflix film Wine Country appeared on Watch What Happens Live, where they participated in the late-night show's signature rapid-fire questions segment and shared their experience of working with Poehler as a director. 

    In the hot seat were Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey (who co-wrote the film with Liz Cackowski) and Rachel Dratch. Host Cohen reviewed Wine Country by saying it will make audiences "drunk with happiness." He then talked about all the Saturday Night Live icons in the room, introducing a game called "SNYell," where the women were instructed to yell the first thing that comes to mind as Cohen speaks a familiar name from SNL

    First up was Molly Shannon, to which the women yelled out "lovely" and "darling." Upon hearing Will Ferrell's name, they said, "hilarious" and "chest hair." Tracy Morgan got "wackadoo in the best way," Tim Meadows "super foxy darling" and Poehler's name resulted in "ace in the hole" followed by "superwoman."

    The late-night host later quizzed the actresses about working with Poehler as a director and Pell likened her to a well-organized mom who always knows what's going on. The group also reminisced about crazy moments on the NBC show, including when one of the writers had to give Donald Trump notes while he was in his underwear. 

  • Hosts Take on the 2019 Met Gala's "Ridiculous" Outfits

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    Naturally, late-night hosts couldn't resist this year's Met Gala, which, with its "camp" theme, brought out foil eyelashes, wigs and Katy Perry dressed as a chandelier.

    The 71st annual gala was themed "Camp: Notes on Fashion," and was attended by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid, Janelle Monae, Ryan Murphy, Lady Gaga, Zendaya and others. Or, in the words of Jimmy Kimmel: "This is a who’s who of 'who the hell put you in that dress?'" He added, "The theme this year — they have theme every year — was, 'People who have too much money.'"

    The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host took aim at the outfits of Jared Leto, Kardashian, Harry Styles, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, and said of Lady Gaga's layered outfit, one of which required the help of some of her entourage. "Now I say if you need four grown adults to help you move, it’s not a dress anymore, it’s a couch at that point," Kimmel joked.

    Stephen Colbert imagined if "the paintings could speak" at the hallowed art museum because "the outfits were ridiculous." An animated painting of a man in a pink outfit thus commented of Lady Gaga's hot-pink ensemble, "Who was two thumbs and wore it better? This guy!"

    A self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh said of Janelle Monae's blinking-eye outfit, "Too many hats. Keep it simple. And while we're at it, too many ears."

    A sculpture holding a severed head said of Jared Leto's ensemble, "Hey, I wonder where you got that idea. Stop stealing my look."

    Trevor Noah attended the night previously and noted of the year's theme, "This is my favorite thing about the Met Gala: No one knows what the thing is." He added, "Imagine if everyone got invited to an event and got a different dress code. That's what happens at the Met Gala."

    Noah noted that designer Zac Posen chastised him for wearing a tee shirt, "but then I turn, and Katy Perry was a hamburger." (Perry donned the hamburger outfit for the afterparty.) "Then I was like, no, I'm not sure how this fashion thing works, but I'm pretty sure a hamburger is not better than a tee shirt."

  • Late-Night Lineup: May 12-18

    Monday, May 13
    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: The Comedy Central series presents "Desi Lydic: Abroad" starring its correspondent who has taken on everything from Uber to the pink tax. 

    Wednesday, May 15
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: K-pop superstars BTS appears on the CBS show. 

    Thursday, May 16
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: The cast of The Big Bang Theory heads to Colbert's show following the show's series finale. 

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Fellow late-night host Trevor Noah chats with Kimmel as he embarks on his "Loud and Clear" tour.