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Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Jordan Klepper ends The Opposition by saying "I think the bad guys won"
After nine months of playing an alt-right Alex Jones-inspired conspiratorial conservative, Klepper closed out The Opposition with a moment of clarity. “I think the bad guys won. I think maybe we’re bad,” he said. “Dammit guys, let’s look at our team. Putin murders people. Kim Jong-un murders people. And Stephen Miller definitely has dreams where he murders people. And sure, none of those people I just mentioned are Nazis, but we also have Nazis. And oh yeah, we’re also the team that puts kids in cages, which doesn’t pair well with the alleged child molester we tried to make a senator. This is bad-guy sh*t, guys!”
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Jordan Klepper recalls Comedy Central's decision to end The Opposition, says tonight's final episode is "bittersweet"
"It was only a handful of weeks ago," says Klepper, "that the network started talking to us about next steps, and they wanted to take some big swings — and so did we — to figure out how to stand out in this environment and best utilize this team that we have. And so just literally a handful of weeks ago that discussion started up, and it got put out there that maybe the next big thing we can do is put me back in the field so I can integrate with people, cover those stories out there again, build a team out of the things that we’ve learned out of this, and give ourselves a swing at doing something weekly so we can craft something that adds a little more depth to these stories." Klepper adds that he's "sort of living inside two bodies" with the emotion of ending one show and establishing a new one, the weekly Comedy Central series Klepper. ALSO: Klepper can't wait to shed his "a**hole" character.
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 5:37PM EDT
Jordan Klepper responds to The Opposition's cancelation by calling Viacom "the deep state cabal"
After Klepper's audience booed at his cancelation announcment, he responded in character: "Turn that boo upside down. We will fight because they're trying to take us down. Comedy Central came to me and said they didn't like the 'things that I say,' 'the face that I have,' 'the person that I have become,' so we all know who's to blame here. Not me. It's them. They are the ones conspiring against me."
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
Jordan Klepper's best work has been in the field, so The Opposition's cancelation is actually good news for him
Having Klepper mainly be in studio didn't play to his strengths, says Andrew Husband, who praises Comedy Central's decision to give Klepper a new weekly show that should showcase his talents. "Since The Opposition’s premiere last September, one thing has become abundantly clear: Klepper belongs in the field," he says. "He is a sketch comedian above all else, and he is generally more poignant and biting, not to mention funnier, when he isn’t bound by a studio’s four walls. Some of the Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade alum’s best work includes those moments when he’s out and about, talking with Donald Trump rally attendees or attending the NRA’s 'Comic-Con of death.'"
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Alex Jones' Infowars celebrates Jordan Klepper's The Opposition cancelation
The Comedy Central show failed after one season of trying to do a sendup of the controversial conservative conspiracy theorist. "Jordan Klepper's crappy show has been canceled," Infowars' Twitter account tweeted, which Jones retweeted. "Comedy Central is currently brainstorming the next failed show to replace 'The Opposition.'"
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
Comedy Central cancels Jordan Klepper's The Opposition, orders him a new weekly series called Klepper
The Opposition with Jordan Klepper is ending after one season, but Comedy Central also announced that Klepper will get a new weekly half-hour series. "We are excited to announce Klepper, a new, primetime weekly series created by and starring Jordan Klepper. The new series will premiere in early 2019 with production beginning in July," Comedy Central said in a statement on Friday. "Accordingly, production on The Opposition will cease after its June 28 episode. We thank the cast and crew of The Opposition for their incredible efforts in creating such a bold, provocative show and look forward to the launch of Jordan’s new primetime series next year." ALSO: The Opposition's ratings were mediocre, shedding more than half of The Daily Show's audience.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Roseanne Barr tweets "Don't feel sorry for me," retweets fans calling ABC hypocritical
Twelve hours after she apologized and tweeted "I am now leaving Twitter," and nine hours after ABC canceled her hit show, Roseanne Barr was back on Twitter expressing remorse for her show's cancelation: "Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet," she tweeted. Roseanne also urged her followers to "Please don't start all of that boycott abc stuff," adding:" "guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible." Barr's statement followed her retweeting a slew of her Twitter followers who called ABC hypocritical for its cancelation. They pointed to Joy Behar likening Vice President Mike Pence's faith to mental illness on The View, or to Whoopi Goldberg wearing a T-shirt of Trump shooting himself -- which has proven to be fake. Earlier in the evening, Roseanne retweeted racist memes of Valerie Jarrett in defending her comparison of the former Obama advisor to Planet of the Apes. Roseanne also expressed ignorance of the racism in her original tweet by tweeting of Jarrett, "i thought she was saudi." But Roseanne did directly apologize to Jarrett via Twitter, tweeting: "@ValerieJarrett i don't know if u saw it, but I wanted2 apologize to u 4 hurting and upsetting u with an insensitive & tasteless tweet. I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake wh caused hundreds of ppl 2 lose their jobs. so sorry!" UPDATE: Roseanne targeted her colleagues overnight, including Michael Fishman, Sara Gilbert and Wanda Sykes. "You throw me under the bus. nice!" Roseanne tweeted of Sykes, adding: “her tweet made ABC very nervous and they cancelled the show.” Meanwhile, Twitter mocked Roseanne for her Ambien defense.
- Watch Roseanne Barr and the head of ABC joke about her tweets at ABC upfronts two weeks ago
- How ABC decided to pull the plug on Roseanne: Tuesday's tweet was considered "unsurvivable" -- this was the third or fourth time her tweets presented a problem for ABC
- President Trump didn't mention Roseanne during a rally Tuesday night in Nashville
- Roseanne executive producer Tom Werner says he hopes Barr "seeks the help she so clearly needs"
- Roseanne Season 10 contracts included provisions for reckless personal conduct
- Valerie Jarrett received an apology call from Disney CEO Bob Iger before the cancelation: “He apologized. He said that he had zero tolerance for that sort of racist, bigoted comment, and he wanted me to know before he made it public that he was canceling the show," she said on MSNBC's "Everyday Racism in America" special.
- Why Roseanne Barr's bigotry finally became a liability: "Barr’s tweet didn’t suddenly show ABC — or her agency, ICM, which also dropped her as a client — that she was bigoted," says Anne Helen Peterson. "That much was abundantly clear to anyone who wasn’t willfully attempting to convince themselves otherwise. Rather, it showed that her bigotry, like all bigotry, is not a matter of a mischosen word. It’s not a slip-up or an isolated instance. It’s a worldview, and it’s a pathogen: It can be covered up and it can be ignored, but it can’t — without major substantive, contemplative, and personal work — be controlled. And to be uncontrollable in Hollywood is to render yourself a liability to the brand and, even worse, to the bottom line."
- Roseanne's son predicted her downfall -- and supported her view of Jarrett: "Mom will probably Be called racist and fired for this cuz libtards think Muslims are a race but omg is it funny and true hahahahahaha"
- Jimmy Kimmel -- who referred to ABC as "Roseanne-istan" at upfronts -- called the cancelation a "huge blow...we don't have much on this network"
- Trevor Noah blames President Trump "because he makes all of his supporters think they’re as impervious as he is"
- Jordan Klepper mocks Roseanne Barr defenders and their referencing the first amendment
- ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey didn't make the decision alone, but it is striking that she was the one who condemned Roseanne Barr
- ABC's rejected pilots starring Kat Dennings or Ginnifer Goodwin could end up filling the Roseanne void
- What about a Roseanne-less Roseanne? Why few would watch that kind of show
- Barr had long expressed openly racist ideas on Twitter, but there is only a renewed interested in them now because ABC amplified her voice with this reboot
- Alec Baldwin thinks Roseanne deserves another chance: He proposes she give half her salary to the NAACP and her character be forced to confront her real-life actions
- In the long term, keeping Roseanne on air made no sense, especially with its declining ratings and lack of back-end revenue
- John Goodman was photographed looking glum following news of cancelation
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Jordan Klepper's The Opposition correspondent confronts Alex Jones: "Are you a crisis actor"?
"Citizen Journalist" Kobi Libii confronted The Opposition host's real-life counterpart on the streets of Washington, D.C., asking: “Are you the real Alex Jones?” In response, Jones denied calling people crisis actors, telling Libii: “You’re an actor pretending to be journalist pretending to be a comedian, so you can sit there and confuse your audience like you’re a news show." That prompted this response from Klepper in the studio: “I want to be clear. We didn’t call this Alex Jones crisis actor a ‘crisis actor.’ We merely looked at the crisis actor-like behavior of this crisis actor-like man, speaking from what felt like a script, and said, ‘Others might say Alex Jones is a crisis actor.'"
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
Jordan Klepper brings The Opposition to a teen's living room to prep for March for Our Lives
While Trevor Noah had teen activists visit The Daily Show to discuss Saturday's gun control march, Klepper went "into the belly of the beast" Thursday -- "meaning a fuzzy beanbag chair in the rec room of a Rockville, Maryland teen’s house," says Dennis Perkins. In the special episode titled "The Opposition Chaperones Democracy: Kids Just Wanna Take Guns," Klepper found himself, as Perkins put it, "surrounded by stuffed animals, snickerdoodles, and a roomful of vocal kids in town for the march," asking "the tough, smirking strawman questions." Perkins adds: "Taking Fox News commentators’ sneering talking points about students being manipulated and not understanding America’s gun problem to an only slightly exaggerated extreme, Klepper saw himself being smacked down by some energetic and energized kids whose dedication to change fairly rattled the wood paneling and board games."
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 10:12PM EDT
The Opposition's Jordan Klepper to host his Thursday show from a living room with gun-control activists
The Comedy Central host will do his show from a private residence in Bethesda, Maryland, where gun-control activists will be gathered for Saturday's March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 5:47PM EST
Jordan Klepper launches a "#BlameKlepper" campaign after Alex Jones calls him a "psychopath" and "failed actor"
The Opposition host finally got to the guy whom he modeled his Comedy Central show after. "This Keppler guy," said the Infowars host. "There are ten shows we know of, Homeland, Keppler, who attack us five nights a week and who say things we never said." Jones added that “Klepper is like the classic psychopath in school and he’s just lording and enjoying the lies. Keppler is a failed actor. So, he’s another dropping of Soros.”
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 2:03PM EST
Late-night hosts applauded Florida shooting survivors for their activism
Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, James Corden and Jordan Klepper returned to work last night for the first time since last week's shooting. "I hope these kids don't give up 'cause this is their lives and their future," said Colbert. "Someone else may be in power, but this country belongs to them. There is reason for hope. ALSO: Klepper hosted two shooting survivors on his show.
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Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 6:45AM EST
Jimmy Kimmel begs Trump to take action over Florida school shooting: "Children are being murdered"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is the only network late-night talk show in production this week due to the Winter Olympics, so it was left to Kimmel to use his platform to address the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Kimmel began Thursday's show with a traditional monologue, but he came back from break to address the shooting in a tearful monologue. In a message directed at President Trump, Kimmel said “no parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning... And here’s what you do to fix that. Tell your buddies in Congress, tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio—all the family men who care so much about their communities—that what we need are laws, real laws that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids. Go on TV and tell them to do that.”
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Bess Kalb -- who prefers not to be "defined by my current employer" -- has been quoting every GOP lawmaker's "thoughts and prayer" tweet and adding how much money they took from the NRA
- Jordan Klepper, who's Comedy Central show is off this week, posted a video to The Opposition's Twitter account denouncing the NRA
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Amber Ruffin: Bill Maher, "go f*ck yourself"
The Late Night writer/performer, in her monologue as host of the Writers Guild Awards last night, praised her boss Seth Meyers as "the first woke late-night host" and called BET host Robin Thede "the most woke late-night host." She also name-dropped Jordan Klepper and John Oliver for also being "woke." As for Bill Maher? He can go "f*ck himself," she said.
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 4:33PM EST
Late-night shows that went live after President Trump’s State of the Union didn’t distinguish themselves
The live reaction after Trump’s speech on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper mostly featured jokes that could’ve been written or were likely written hours before the speech, as Hank Stuever points out. The talk show hosts instead left it up to their guest for real-time analysis of the speech. Stuever adds: “Comedy remains the ideal refuge in all this — whether practiced professionally or just part of the general snark of resistance. Your joke about Melania Trump’s white pantsuit is as good as mine (so too our mutual yuks about official Democratic rebuttlizer Joe Kennedy III’s lip-balm addiction), but the hope remains that the pros will be more funny than any of us, which is not always the case.” Yet Trump’s “long and boring” speech, says Stuever, “failed to provide the right sort of raw meat for the drooling hounds of late-night.” ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel’s taped episode ended up being the most fascinating late-night show of the night.
# TOPICS: Late Night, ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, Jimmy Kimmel, Jordan Klepper, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Trump Presidency