Late-Night Hosts Take On Kevin Spacey Sexual Harassment Claim
Trevor Noah had some words for Spacey’s "bad guy" persona, whereas Seth Meyers compared the actor to Trump.
Late-night hosts Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers and Jordan Klepper comically addressed the sexual harassment claim made against Kevin Spacey during their opening monologues Monday night.
In a segment called “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That,” Noah was quick to joke about the backlash following Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp’s accusation against Spacey, in which he claimed the House of Cards actor made a sexual advance toward him when he was only 14 years old.
“In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the house of cards is falling down around powerful men in Hollywood…literally," Noah joked, referencing Spacey's hit Netflix show. "Why is the twist always that Kevin Spacey is the bad guy?”
The Daily Show host also addressed Spacey’s controversial apology, in which he announced that he chooses to “now live as a gay man.”
“And talk about the worst time to go public with your sexuality. I mean, it’s always good to live your truth, but don’t use it to get out of trouble,” Noah argued.
Ridiculing Spacey’s apology, Noah performed a scenario in which Spacey is pulled over by a police officer.
“Imagine if a cop pulled him over. He’d be like ‘Sir, are you drunk? I need you to come out of the vehicle.’ He’s like, ‘That’s not the only thing I’m willing to come out of.' " Finishing the cop’s response, Noah joked, “I’m gay too, you’re under arrest. Get out.”
Commenting on the many Hollywood sexual harassment and assault claims emerging lately, Noah finished with, “Another day, another example of a man abusing his power.”
Meyers also addressed the Spacey scandal, but not without adding a quip about the president.
During The Opposition With Jordan Klepper, Klepper compared the rising number of sexual harassment and assault claims to the film industry itself.
“Of course, after Harvey Weinstein blew up, Hollywood couldn’t resist a sequel. They have no original ideas, and by the looks of this news right now, sexual harassment will have more installments than all the Saw movies and Fast and the Furious ones combined,” Klepper joked.
He proceeded to ridicule Spacey: “Maybe I did it, but also I’m coming out as gay. Can we focus on the gay part?”
Many have been quick to criticize Spacey’s apology. GLAAD released a statement criticizing the actor and encouraging the public and media to focus on Rapp’s story of survival and courage to speak out against the House of Cards star.
"Coming-out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault," said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. "This is not a coming-out story about Kevin Spacey but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that."