Late Night Dogpiles on Donald Trump

Donald Trump GOP Announcement - H 2015
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Donald Trump GOP Announcement - H 2015

Conan O'Brien, James Corden and more had much to (jokingly) say about Trump's big announcement.

Donald Trump formally announced his 2016 presidential-campaign bid Tuesday night, and late-night TV did not hesitate to joke about the Apprentice star's hope of a transition from being a finance and business guru to claiming a seat in the Oval Office.


"Here’s the latest — Donald Trump has announced today he is running for president. Which, by the way, traditionally means six more weeks of comedy," joked Conan O'Brien. "Due to Donald Trump entering the presidential race, here’s the sad news: Season 15 of Celebrity Apprentice will not air. But not to worry — with Trump running for president, you’ll still get to see an irrelevant B-list celebrity not get a job."

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

"What an American! Six flags! He’s like a president and an amusement park all rolled up into one! He could become the only candidate to pick himself as a running mate. His own vice president," joked Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday evening.

Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert was wheeled in by two "American workers" to give his Donald Trump-inspired announcement for his fake presidential bid. "This will be the finest, most luxurious, gold-plated, diamond-encrusted campaign that will give hope to a weary nation until together we reach that fine fall day when the new season of Celebrity Apprentice premieres," joked Colbert, complete with weirdly combed hair, at the beginning of the speech. "Donald Trump's campaign for president of the United States is not just great for America, it's great for late-night television because Donald's presidential campaign has inspired me, Stephen Colbert, to announce that I will still be hosting the Late Show on CBS." Colbert takes his post on the CBS late-night show Sept. 8.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

"We were also gonna have Donald Trump as well, but last time we checked, he was still giving his speech," Fallon told audiences after announcing Tuesday night's lineup, which included Billy Crystal and Jeb Bush. "Hillary would be our first female president, and Trump would be our first Mad Libs president. ... Yep, Trump is running for president, and he's wasting no time getting down to business. In fact, just after his announcement, he demanded to see Jeb Bush's birth certificate."

The Late Late Show With James Corden

James Corden featured a Trump-centered game on his CBS late-night show titled "Trump Stumpers," during which he sported a wig that exaggerated the businessman's hair. In round one, he asked the contestants if the stated lines were actual phrases from Trump's presidential announcement, including "I'm really rich" and "I like China. I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China" (Corden prefaced that all were true). Round two was "Fill In the Trump," in which Corden asked the contestants to fill in the missing word from Trump's speech.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart was so entertained by Trump's speech that he dubbed it "over half an hour of the most beautifully ridiculous jibber jabber." He jokingly introduced Trump as a "gift from heaven" that entered the presidential race, and Stewart went on to call him "a crazy person running for president."

"Thank you. Thank you, Donald Trump, for making my last six weeks my best six weeks," he continued. "He is putting me in some kind of comedy hospice where all I'm getting is just straight morphine."

Late Night With Seth Meyers

"Where was he? Did he get lost in one of his own buildings?" Seth Meyers joked about Trump not immediately taking the stage when his daughter Ivanka introduced him Tuesday. "No, I'm pushing through," said Meyers of the commentator's comment about Trump's model wife potentially being the "best-looking first lady." Meyers continued the jokes: "A dumping ground for everybody's else's problems? Then what's Celebrity Apprentice?" he asked in reference to Trump's line about America being a "dumping ground."