The Time Donald Trump Told Seth Meyers He Crossed the Line
"He did not accept my offer of good sport," the 'Late Night' host recalls of the mogul's response to his 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner speech.
CLEVELAND — The look of severe disgust Donald Trump had on his face when he was roasted by Seth Meyers during the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner was genuine.
In an Interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, the Late Night host said Trump so loathed his political ambitions being skewered by the Saturday Night Live veteran that he would not accept Meyers' offer of good sport when they saw each other days later.
"I wasn't aware how it was playing with Donald Trump," Meyers tells THR, speaking from his New York office. "I didn't know where he was sitting, and I was just focusing on playing to the room."
Of his only concern that night, Meyers says, "I was worried that [President] Obama had done so much on Trump that my Trump jokes wouldn't play as well."
Some of Meyers' jokes included:
"Donald Trump has been saying he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising since I just assumed he was running as a joke. Donald Trump often appears on Fox, which is ironic because a Fox often appears on Donald Trump's head. Donald Trump said recently he has a great relationship with the blacks, but unless the Blacks are a family of white people, I bet he is mistaken."
Meyers says friends texted him during the speech, telling him to avoid Trump, who was shown on camera numerous times looking thoroughly unimpressed.
And then there was the next meeting between the two.
"I saw him a couple of nights afterward at an event in New York, and I walked over to thank him for being a good sport and he really impressed on me then that I had taken it too far," Meyers tells THR. "He did not accept my offer of good sport."
Still, that was not the last the comedian and billionaire businessman turned would-be politician crossed paths; they bumped into one another at the SNL 40th Anniversary special. "It seemed like bygones were bygones and we talked about him coming onto Late Night before he announced [his presidential bid]," says Meyers.
However, for the moment, it seems highly unlikely Trump will appear on Late Night, especially since Meyers (tongue-in-cheek) banned Trump from the show after Trump banned Washington Post reporters from his rallies over taking issue with the paper's coverage of his campaign.
"But I should point out that he is the only Trump who's banned," Meyers says, laughing.
After Trump accepts the GOP nomination for president, ending the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Meyers will film Late Night live at 12:30 a.m. ET. Meyers should have plenty to say, but not a lot of time to prepare, which he says is the fun part of live TV. His guests will be Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones and chef Carlo Mirarchi.
"The audience there will be closer to what I think an SNL audience is like because of the hour of the night that they'll be sitting there," Meyers says. "Anytime that people in the audience know they are a part of something special, there is more energy in the room."
Watch Meyers full 2011 speech below.