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On Monday night, multiple prominent late-night hosts weighed in on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s recent ouster following a damning New York Times exposé on alleged decades of sexual harassment.
The story broke Thursday afternoon, just hours before many of that night’s shows began taping, and Monday night marks the first night that the hosts discussed the controversy. Over the weekend, Weinstein became a major news story and he was ousted from the Hollywood production company he co-created, with even President Trump weighing in. John Oliver also bashed Weinstein and his excuse for his behavior on his Sunday night program Last Week Tonight.
Right off the bat, Jimmy Kimmel addressed any accusations that late night was collectively going to take it easy on Weinstein since he is a liberal Hollywood figure.
Kimmel, who during his monologue addressed a Twitter spat with Trump’s son, Donald Jr., over the weekend in which the younger Trump asked Kimmel about his thoughts on Weinstein, started off his show by saying, “I’m not sure if you know about this but there was an exposé done in the New York Times about decades of sexual harassment accusations made about movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who is not the president and is not particularly well-known outside of L.A. and New York. The insinuation was that we, as part of the biased left-wing media wouldn’t say anything about [Weinstein], because he’s a Democrat. Never mind the thousands of jokes about Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton and all the other Bills of their ilk.”
Kimmel then went on to recount how he shared a video of Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape with Don Jr. on Twitter.
“A note to [Don Jr.], next time you’re defended your father against a freshly accused sexual predator — don’t,” the host said.
Kimmel also made a Weinstein joke: “What’s the difference between Weinstein and the Pillsbury Doughboy? When the Pillsbury Doughboy offers you a role he doesn’t ask you to watch him take a shower for it,” Kimmel said.
Over on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the host brought out three of his female writers — Amber Ruffin, Jenny Hagel and Ally Hord — for their thoughts on Weinstein. “We want to start by applauding the women who went on the record,” Hagel said.
The women then tackled Weinstein’s apology statement, questioning many aspects of it. “He blamed his disrespecting of women on the era he came from, which would be a good excuse if he came from a time machine,” said Hord.
A series of clips then showed the women’s reactions upon reading Weinstein’s statement, which included spit-takes, throwing a phone in a trash can and lobbing a computer out of a window.
On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the CBS host slammed the mogul, whom he called a “human Shrek,” saying that the disturbing allegations of sexual harassment amount to “monstrous behavior that in a just world would not have been allowed to go on for decades. It is indefensible.”
Nevertheless, Colbert pointed out that Weinstein and his lawyers did try to defend his actions, saying he was from a different era and “an old dinosaur learning new ways.”
“A, that’s no excuse. B, dinosaurs didn’t touch themselves in front of employees — T-Rex’s arms were way too short,” Colbert quipped.
Colbert also took up reports that The Weinstein Company may be changing its name following the mogul’s ouster, joking that the company’s looking for a “more positive” moniker like “Asbestos Child Slappers, Inc.”
Colbert also seemed particularly amused by the detail that Weinstein once ejaculated in a potted plant when he masturbated in front of a TV reporter. “Pro tip: If you ever have dinner at Harvey Weinstein’s house, avoid the fresh basil. And after the salad’s been served, when he comes around the table, that’s not a pepper grinder he’s holding. Get out of there.”
Colbert, like Kimmel, also tied the allegations against Weinstein to the one-year anniversary of the emergence of Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape. But when Trump was asked by a reporter about Weinstein’s behavior and his own comments on the tape, Trump repeated his “locker room talk” defense of what he said.
Colbert: “Mr. President saying ‘locker room’ does not excuse it. That’s like Harvey Weinstein saying ‘Masturbated in potted plants? That’s just greenhouse talk.'”
Later, when Colbert was joined by guest Jon Stewart, who attempted to say nice things about President Trump to provide “equal time” for him, one of the moderate compliments Stewart was able to bring himself to make about the president was that Trump perhaps treats women “better than Harvey Weinstein,” a claim Colbert quickly added might need to be “fact-checked.”
Later on CBS, Late Late Show host James Corden joked that Weinstein had been fired “for violating the company’s very strict ’27 strikes and you’re out’ rule,” referencing the alleged decades of bad behavior from the mogul.
Corden also referenced Weinstein’s name being tarnished, in a different way. “Some of the things Harvey Weinstein’s accused of, they’re pretty despicable, even Hurricane Harvey was like, ‘Dude, you’re giving me a bad name.'”
Ultimately, Corden said, getting political, “The fact is his behavior left two options: Fire him from The Weinstein Company or elect him president of the United States.”
On NBC’s Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon made one joke about Harvey Weinstein. After recapping that Weinstein was fired and calling the sexual harassment allegations, “not good,” Fallon joked, “They said if he keeps it up, he’ll wind up with his own show on Fox News.”
Meanwhile, in a tweet, responding to former Trump aide A.J. Delgado, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee suggested that it would take on Weinstein on Wednesday.
Funny, remember how much our show is only once a week? See you Wednesday at 10:30 ET!https://t.co/Uwu9ociX7R
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) October 9, 2017
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