Late-Night Lately: Reacting to Matt Lauer News, Kimmel's Roy Moore Fight, Melania's Christmas Wishes

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Late-night hosts dug into the sexual harassment allegations against former Today show anchor, Matt Lauer, on Wednesday night.

On the Daily Show, Trevor Noah lamented that the entire situation of sexual harassment currently surrounding media is “so shit for women, because no matter how it happens, you’re losing. Either it’s happening to you, or it’s your show that’s affected.” Noah showed footage of Today hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announcing the news of Lauer’s termination on the NBC program that morning. “They just found out, and then they had to report it …The stage manager was just like, ‘Three, two, we fired Matt Lauer, and we’re live.’ “

The Comedy Central host went on to question just how many figures in news media had been accused of sexual harassment, citing Bill O’Reilly, Charlie Rose and Mark Halperin. “Soon, they’ll have enough to start their own perv news network.” 

Stephen Colbert mocked President Trump’s Twitter response to the Lauer allegations on The Late Show. “Listen up, you don’t get to comment,” Colbert continued toward Trump. “That’s the pot calling the kettle at 3 a.m. and asking what she’s wearing.”

Colbert also commented on a claim from an anonymous woman that Lauer gifted a sex toy to a colleague along with a detailed note on how he wanted to use it. “It’s bad enough that he gave her a sex toy, but he also gave instructions? He found a way to mansplain sexual harassment!”

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel similarly addressed Trump’s tweets, saying, “If anyone knows about inappropriate behavior in the workspace at NBC, it’s Donald Trump,” the host quipped. “Is he aware he’s him?” Kimmel then asked.

Turning his attention to Lauer, Kimmel commented, “Does Matt Lauer have to do an emotional sit-down interview with himself?”

After Jimmy Fallon opened his monologue on The Tonight Show noting the recent lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, he added, “Also getting lit tonight, the HR rep over at the Today show. If you’re wondering where in the world is Matt Lauer. He’s probably at a bar with Charlie Rose.”

Over at Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, the host played a video of Andy Cohen interviewing Katie Couric, where she admitted that Lauer’s most annoying habit is that he “pinches” her on her rear. “Did you catch that? It’s subtle,” Klepper said. “Granted, a little pitch on the ass was just a high-five in the 1950 2013s.” 

NBC’s Late Night had been taped early due to the Christmas tree lighting in front of his studio at 30 Rockefeller Center, so Seth Meyers was unable to comment on the Lauer story until Thursday, when he devoted his “Closer Look” segment to the former Today host, talking about how the female colleague who accused Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior reported that the questionable behavior occurred at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. “And you thought the most disgusting thing at the Sochi Olympics was Bob Costas’ pink eye,” Meyers joked. “Well move over pink eye! There’s a new, grosser sheriff in town.”

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