'Tonight Show's' Female Writers Pen Thank You Notes to Hillary Clinton
The former secretary of state and presidential candidate was surprised by a special version of the popular "Thank You Notes" segment.
Hillary Clinton dropped by the Tonight Show on Wednesday night to promote her new books and to offer her thoughts on the current crises facing the nation, including the recent Las Vegas mass shooting and Hurricane Maria's effect on Puerto Rico.
After an interview with host Jimmy Fallon, Clinton was surprised by the show's female writers, who came onstage for a special version of the popular "Thank You Notes" segment, dedicated to the former secretary of state. Writers Caroline Eppright, Becky Krause, Albertina Rizzo, Jo Firestone, Jasmine Pierce, Taryn Englehart and Marina Cockenberg shared their thanks to Clinton during the segment.
Accompanied by the familiar, reflective piano theme that scores Fallon's note-writing, the female scribes penned heartfelt messages to Clinton, who sat beside them, smiling.
"Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for being the first female candidate to run in a presidential election from a major American party," one staffer wrote.
Clinton posed for selfies, gave out hugs and looked moved by the outpouring of sentiment from the show's writers.
The biggest surprise came at the end, however, when Miley Cyrus, who was in the midst of a weeklong residency at The Tonight Show, came onstage to tearfully write a personal thank-you to Clinton.
I got my hug!!!! @hillaryclinton today was one I will never forget ..... you are endlessly inspiring , & I hope you know how loved / appreciated you truly are .... I will never stop speaking up against injustice , fighting for equality , and using my platform to spread peace & love! I've learned from the very best .... You. @fallontonight made my dreams come true! Don't forget to tune in tonight ! #MileyWeek
In an earlier sit-down interview with the late-night host, Clinton addressed the controversy surrounding gun laws, in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre that left 59 people dead and more than 500 injured.
“I can’t believe that one whole political party in the greatest country on Earth is totally sold to the gun lobby and will do whatever they are ordered to do, despite the loss of life,” Clinton explained.
Clinton recalled the moment Trump reversed Obama’s order that those with mental-health problems could not purchase guns.
“Aren't you happy that people we already know who have mental-health problems can now buy guns? This makes no sense,” Clinton argued.
“The vast majority of Americans and the vast majority of gun owners know we need common-sense gun-safety measures, so I’m going to keep fighting for it and speaking out about it,” Clinton urged.
Speaking on a more light-hearted topic, Clinton couldn’t help but praise Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon, who portrayed the former presidential candidate throughout the election.
"I wish I had her talent. She’s just an amazing person,” Clinton said of McKinnon. After the election loss, McKinnon as Clinton sang ‘Hallelujah’ as a way to honor the former presidential candidate, something Clinton felt touched by. “That was a tearjerker. That was hard. That was really hard,” Clinton explained.
When asked what she thinks of Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression, Clinton had nothing but praise for the actor, “I think it’s amazing. He’s got the expression and the body language. All of it is perfect.”
Watch the interview below.