Trump's Lawyer Wanted Seth Meyers to Apologize on Air for WHCD Jokes, 'Late Night' Host Says

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Seth Meyers at his desk on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Dec. 14, 2017.

The mea culpa, for remarks that got under the then-real estate mogul's skin four years earlier, was in exchange for an appearance on the NBC late-night show.

In February 2015 — four months before Donald Trump announced his bid for the White House — Seth Meyers invited the now-president to Late Night. But according to a Politico interview with Meyers published Tuesday (May 8), Trump had a non-negotiable demand: a public apology for Meyers' Trump jokes at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner. 

Back then, Meyers had joked about Trump not going through with a presidential campaign. "Trump has been saying he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising, since I just assumed he was running as a joke," Meyers said at the WHCD.

Four years later, Meyers ran into Trump at the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, where he extended the invitation to Trump. "[Trump] said he was receptive to coming in the beginning," Meyers said. "There were some caveats he had that we were not interested in doing."

The particular caveat was the on-air apology, which Meyers said "we would never have done." Meyers revealed it was Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen who tried to do the negotiating. 

Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere asked Meyers if Cohen offered to pay him "large sums of money" — a reference to Cohen's hush payment to Stormy Daniels to allegedly hide a relationship between her and Trump — but Meyers joked that they "never got that far." 

Meyers added that he believed his initial WHCD joke "right up to the moment where [Trump] won."

This article originally appeared on THR.