Late-Night Hosts Defend Meryl Streep Against Donald Trump's Attacks

Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

One day after Meryl Streep's powerful Golden Globes speech and Donald Trump's subsequent response, late-night hosts used their air time to defend the Oscar-winning actress and criticize the president-elect. 

Streep called out Trump's behavior, saying "when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose," in her speech at the Globes on Sunday. This caused Trump to fire back, calling her a "Hillary lover" and an "overrated" actress. Stephen Colbert was not OK with that characterization. 

“Of course the president elect Trump was too focused on fighting ISIS and creating jobs to pick a fight with a celebrity. Just kidding!" Colbert said in Monday's Late Show monologue. 

Colbert continued: "Trump tweeted, 'Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood' – Wait a second - I’m sorry, what?!" Colbert interrupted himself. "What did you just say? Meryl Streep overrated? Have you seen Sophie’s Choice? Have you seen The French Lieutenant's Woman? Have you seen that one with the dead people that she’s even funny in that one?"

Look Mr. Trump, you can refuse to release your taxes, you can call to ban an entire religion, you can play footsie with a dictator, but calling Meryl Streep overrated? No. Too far!"

On Conan, the host presented a "phone call" between President Obama and Trump, in which the president-elect defended his Streep tweets: "She’s no Tara Reid!"

Seth Meyers took a “Closer Look” on Monday, addressing Trump’s tendency to tweet to redirect attention from serious issues.

“Overrated? She’s so good, people use her to compliment people in other professions,” said Meyers. Like LeBron James is the Meryl Streep of basketball, or Donald Trump is the Meryl Streep of having thin skin.”

“Whether these tweets are calculated distractions or just the ramblings of an unhinged narcissist, it’s clear Trump would much rather talk about his feud with Meryl Streep than, say the fact that intelligence officials believe Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and the Trump campaign to help Trump win the election.” 

James Corden on The Late Late Show said he was actually excited for the award-winner, adding that for Meryl Streep, "'most overrated actress in Hollywood' was literally the only award she hadn't won yet." 

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