8:56am PT by Lexy Perez
Late-Night Hosts Weigh In on Bannon Leaving Breitbart News
Tuesday's news that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon would be stepping down from his post as executive chairman of Breitbart News prompted quips from a number of late-night hosts.
“Bannon … has now lost his high White House position, billionaire benefactor, his base — and now his job,” host Stephen Colbert said on The Late Show.
“Just proves what I’ve always said: Criticizing Donald Trump is not good for your career,” Colbert joked, reference how giving his show a more political bent revitalized his viewership, and the general increase interest in late night in the Trump era.
Over on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah mocked the hardships Bannon has endured after receiving backlash for his quotes in Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. "Ah, what a comedown for someone with such a rags-to-rags story," Noah joked.
Taking a moment to address Bannon’s seemingly lackluster appearance, Noah quipped, “It must have been such a sad scene when Breitbart security told Bannon to clean out his desk and Bannon said, ‘What is this "clean" you mentioned?'”
Noah continued: “This poor guy. Just imagine, last year he was hanging out with Nazis and accused child molesters, and now he just seems like a loser.”
During The Opposition, Jordan Klepper took a different approach to Bannon’s departure, explaining that it could be something that results in surprising benefits.
“Now some are saying, ‘Oh, how fast the mighty have fallen.’ ; But don’t write off Bannon as quickly as you would your private jet under the new GOP tax plan,” Klepper joked. “Bannon has a proven record of becoming more powerful the more ‘outsider’ he is.”
Alluding to Bannon’s quotes in Michael Wolff’s book, which angered the president and others in his administration, Klepper explained that the backlash only made Bannon “stronger.”
“Remember, he got stronger when he left the White House. Imagine how powerful he’ll be when he’s sleeping under some branches in the woods. So keep your chin up, Steve, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”
Opening The Late Late Show, host James Corden was also quick to mention Bannon, only to hysterically laugh after an audience member began laughing merely when he brought up the former White House aide's name. “Don’t even need a punchline,” Corden joked, explaining that he could “just say his name” and the joke would be complete.
Continuing his monologue, Corden emphasized that Bannon’s firings could be telling of today’s climate. “The craziest part of this story is Steve Bannon is a powerful, old white guy who has lost not one but two jobs in the last six months and neither of them was for sexual harassment.”
Dubbing Bannon “unemployed,” Corden proceeded to show a recent photograph, in which Bannon appears in casual clothing. “Well, you know what they say, ‘Dress for the job you want,'” Corden joked.
During Late Night, Seth Meyers also took a subtle jab at the former chief strategist’s appearance, expressing sentiments similar to Corden's. “So, he’s unemployed. I guess, all this time, he really was dressing for the job he wanted."
In a statement, Bannon expressed how “proud” he was to have been a part of Breitbart News.
"I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform," said Bannon, who will work with the news site for a “smooth and orderly transition.”