Watch Late Night's Reaction to FBI Chief James Comey's Firing: 'This is the Kind of Thing Reality TV Hosts Do'
President Trump is throwing so many lobs over the plate these days that the late night hosts are getting tired of crushing one home run after another every night. Oh, who are we kidding, they love it. And Tuesday night (May 9) was one for the ages, as pretty much every show had a pointed, snap reaction to the news that broke just as most started taping about Trump firing FBI chief James Comey.
"This is the kind of thing reality TV hosts do. They fire someone every week. Maybe that's what happened. He thinks he's still on The Celebrity Apprentice," Jimmy Kimmel said, comparing the action to O.J. Simpson firing Judge Lance Ito halfway through Simpson's murder trial, and, more sharply, the kind of thing dictators do. "It was between James Comey and Meatloaf, and well, the Loaf won again."
Kimmel, who has been in the news lately because of an emotional monologue he gave regarding his newborn son's health crisis and his fears about the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, then held up a cute T-shirt he said he was going to start selling that read: "Comey is my Homey."
The host told his audience, "If you are one of the millions of Americans who are angry about this shameful and disgraceful move, send me $29.99 and I will use some of that money to send a very nasty letter directly to the Oval Office."
Over on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah said he was simply shocked and confused by the removal of the FBI director some credit with helping Trump win the election thanks to Comey's late-in-the-game announcement that he was looking into another batch of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's emails. "Wow, Trump fired the FBI director! Like, you can't just fire the FBI director," said Noah. "I mean if he's gone, who's going to investigate Russia's ties to -- Ohhhhhhhhhhh."
South African native Noah, who has frequently compared Trump to some of Africa's most notorious dictators, said "even Africans are watching this like, 'yo, yo, yo, yo, yo! Donald Trump does not f--k around!" He also pointed out the irony of Trump claiming in the announcement dumping Comey that it was over the FBI boss' bungled actions in the Clinton email investigation, just as Comey was slated to testify in the potentially damaging investigation into Trump's alleged ties to Russia.
"Basically Trump is saying, 'I'm doing this to clear my good friend, Crooked Hillary, because James Comey, James Comey folks, just wanted to lock her up, lock her up, lock her up folks.'"
In the midst of a Daily Show reunion, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert took a moment in his monologue to weigh in on the news that broke just as he took the stage. "That shows no gratitude at all. I mean did Trump forget about the Hillary emails that Comey talked about?," he asked. Then, dropping into his Trump impersonation, Colbert said, "Thanks for the presidency, Jimmy... now don't let the door hit 'ya where the Electoral College split 'ya."
James Corden also mentioned the firing in his Late Late Show open, reminding the audience that two years ago there were a lot of jokes about how if Trump ever became president he'd be like "you're fired, you're fired, you're fired," breaking into a nervous laughter and adding, "they were good times."