Donald Trump is apparently irked by late-night comedy hosts making fun of him, spurred on by Jay Leno’s recent interview explaining why he and his “Tonight Show” predecessor Johnny Carson never identified as a Republican of Democrat — unlike today’s divided TV landscape, where late-night hosts proudly wear their political affiliation like a badge of honour.
For no apparent reason, Trump figured it was time for an update, and on Thursday offered a followup tweet to throw some shade on “three very weak and untalented late night ‘hosts,'” quoting a “Fox & Friends” contributor who wondered “what they’re going to do in 2024 when [Trump] is no longer president.”
On Thursday’s edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, the host offered his response to the president’s diss.
“You know, we talk quite a bit about the president on this show — and all the late night shows — but it’s unusual that he talks about us,” said Kimmel in his show-opening monologue.
“This morning, he wrote… ‘The three very weak and untalented late night “hosts”’ are ‘fighting over table scraps’,” he related.
“First of all, I don’t know why he would call Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers weak and untalented… Those guys are friends of mine — and I think that’s very rude,” Kimmel joked.
“And this idea of us ‘fighting over table scraps?’ Not a great metaphor. It’s more like a Hometown Buffet in hell. It’s all the crab legs you can eat — but you’re never allowed to stop eating them, they just keep coming,” said Kimmel.
“He wonders what we’re going to do once he’s not President any more,” he concluded. “I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know that I… am going to Disneyland on that day. That’s my plan!”