Late-Night Shows Celebrate Doug Jones Victory, 'Black Women Who Saved America'

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Democratic U.S. Senator elect Doug Jones greets supporters during his election night gathering the Sheraton Hotel on Dec. 12, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. 

The late-night talk shows taped Tuesday's shows before the results of last night's Alabama Senate race, but that didn't stop the hosts from talking about senator-elect Doug Jones' shocking win over Republican Roy Moore on Wednesday.

Everyone from Jimmy Fallon to Stephen Colbert had something to say about Moore's loss, which was aided by the overwhelming turnout of African-American women for Jones.

At The Tonight Show, Fallon welcomed correspondent Yamaneika Saunders onstage, who joked that her back was hurting. "Oh no, your back is hurting?" Fallon prompted. "Yeah, every black woman's back is hurting — from carrying the election last night!" she cheered.

"This is the perfect example of black girl magic," she explained. "After the 2016 election, we were like, you know what, 'Sit down, we got this.' I mean black women get it done. Y'all saw Hidden Figures right? We sent your asses to space!"

"You showed up [to vote]," Fallon told her. "Oh yeah, we showed up like we thought Barack [Obama], Idris [Elba] and Denzel [Washington] were going to be there," she joked.

Seth Meyers also brought out one of his Late Night writers, Amber Ruffin, to explain Moore's loss. "As a black woman, I just have two things I want to say about last night's election: You're welcome," she said. "Now, while all of America was on the edge of their seats waiting to see if an accused pedophile would get elected to the United States Senate, 98 percent of black women in Alabama voted for the other guy, because as my dad says, 'Black women laugh and joke, but we don't play.'"

Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct with teens, one of whom was 14, when he was in his 30s.

Ruffin also praised the women who voted. "Do you know what these women go through every day? Those women woke up yesterday and were like, 'I've got to deal with systemic racism, the gender pay gap, the school to prison pipeline, humidity and now y'all want me to save America?'"

She also referenced Wednesday's news that Omarosa Manigault Newman, first known from her appearances on NBC's The Apprentice and one of President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters, is leaving her job at the White House next month. "P.S. you know that's why Omarosa got fired today. Trump was like, 'You promised me the black lady vote!' And she was probably like, 'I don't know any!' So not only did we get rid of Moore, we got rid of Omarosa in one night!"

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Over at The Late Show, host Colbert reminded viewers who the "real loser" in the election was. "The real loser here is Donald Trump," he said. He shared Trump's tweet, in which the president wrote, "Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!"

"Yes, it never ends. but Roy Moore's political career? That appears to be over," Colbert said to loud cheers from the audience. 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">TONIGHT: Roy Moore may have lost last night, but someone else has claimed the title of Loser In Chief following that election. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LSSC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LSSC</a> <a href="https://t.co/wITf4xGSfh">pic.twitter.com/wITf4xGSfh</a></p>&mdash; The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) <a href="https://twitter.com/colbertlateshow/status/941120562230784000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The Late Show also created a musical number for Moore titled, "The Legend of Roy Moore."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">After a shocking loss to a Democrat in Alabama, Roy Moore is riding off into the sunset. (The mall is in that direction.) <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LSSC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LSSC</a> <a href="https://t.co/T3aOw86UrP">pic.twitter.com/T3aOw86UrP</a></p>&mdash; The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) <a href="https://twitter.com/colbertlateshow/status/941144279044329472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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And at The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah went biblical. Calling Moore "cowboy Roman Polanski," the late-night host said his loss to Jones was "an act of God."

"Alabama just went Democrat. If there ever was an act of God, this is it," Noah said. "[Moore's] like, 'God has a plan.' God is like, 'I did the thing!' If I was God I would be so pissed like, 'Dude I gave you the biggest sign. I literally parted a red sea!'"

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tonight at 11/10c, America breathes a sigh of relief knowing that Alabama isn’t sending Cowboy Roman Polanski to the Senate. <a href="https://t.co/RK9e8w7dnH">pic.twitter.com/RK9e8w7dnH</a></p>&mdash; The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/941125596351938560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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This article originally appeared in THR.com.

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