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Late-night hosts across the dial dug into former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman's recent bombshell announcements that she had recorded conversations during her time working for President Donald Trump and her labeling of the president as a "racist."
On The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert noted that Omarosa was just the latest in a long line of disgruntled former Trump administration employees. “The White House is basically a reboot of the Last Supper: Oops! All Judases,” Colbert quipped.
"Her most shocking allegation is that she had heard a tape … where Donald Trump used the N-word,” Colbert said, showing a clip of Omarosa on Sunday’s Meet the Press during which she called Trump a racist. “Finally, we have proof that a guy who refused to rent to black tenants, said that a Nazi-Klan rally had some fine people and called Africa a shithole is a racist.”
Over on Late Night, host Seth Meyers dedicated much of his "Closer Look" segment to Omarosa and Trump. "Now that he's bogged down in a ridiculous feud with an aide who's as good as he is at orchestrating a reality show spectacle, Trump is suddenly slamming the credibility of somebody who was once one of his closest confidants," Meyers said. "You know what made Omarosa look legitimate? Putting her in the White House ... I can't wait until Trump's forced to resign and President Mike Pence tweets, 'Please ignore this disgruntled employee, he has no credibility!'
"This is what happens when you're a con artist who surrounds himself with other con artists," Meyers continued. "You think you're picking everyone else's pockets and then one day you reach for your own wallet and it's not there and you look up and Michael Cohen's eating it."
Over at The Daily Show, Trevor Noah was quick to poke fun at Omarosa for failing to acknowledge Trump’s faults immediately.
“Seriously, though? Omarosa had to spend a year in the White House to learn that Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing? I can’t wait for her next book, Donald Trump: Something’s Wrong With His Hair,” the late-night host said.
Noah then argued that though Omarosa is treating the tapes as “evidence that she was treated unfairly,” the tapes don’t reflect Chief of Staff John Kelly in a bad light, but rather as a guy “who had a lot more important things to do.” Noah emphasized that the tapes could also simply be putting Omarosa in hot water.
Meanwhile, after Omarosa released a recording of Trump expressing his disbelief that she was fired, Noah admitted that he wasn't entirely convinced by the president's frustrations. "For a man who lies as much as Trump, you’d think he be better at it."
Noah further argued, "What is shocking is how many people are secretly recording the president of the United States all the time.… I’m surprised there’s not feedback loops to everyone.… Everyone has a recording of the president.…There just needs to be a Grammy category for these at this point."
On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host noted, "If Omarosa was able to get secret recordings of Trump, Vladimir Putin knows every porn star name that he’s ever whispered."
This article originally appeared in THR.com.