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Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Late-night monologue writers are finding their jobs extremely stressful in the Trump era
"Mondays are a bitch now," says Trevor Noah's Daily Show executive producer Steve Bodow, pointing to all the news in the Trump era that happens Friday through Sunday. He says there's "the Friday news dump, and the Sunday shows, and there’s invariably a weekend Twitter storm.” Jimmy Kimmel Live! co-head writer Danny Ricker adds: “I think we are buoying the therapy industry. There is a level of fatigue and exhaustion, I think, (that is similar to) when we talked about Jersey Shore every day. Jesus, enough with these idiots!” Fellow Kimmel co-head writer Molly McNearney notes “it’s incredibly hard, I think, to be funny when you’re really angry and sad at the same time." Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin, meanwhile, says it's tougher for monologue writers these days because of not only all the late-night competition, but all the jokes on Twitter. “I really envy the Johnny Carson writers,” she says. “Really, they had it so easy.” ALSO: Trevor Noah explains the making a Daily Show episode.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
Fox News reacts to Sean Hannity-Michael Cohen bombshell, calling it "the elephant in the room"
Shepard Smith, who was recently feuding with Hannity, was on Fox News when the revelation was made that Hannity also was a client of Trump's attorney Michael Cohen. "For us, the elephant in the room is that Sean Hannity is said to have been a third client of Michael Cohen,” Smith said in briefly addressing the bombshell news, adding: "A lot of people here know his number. We’ll get on that.” After a commercial break, Shepard said, "we spoke with his publicist here at Fox News who says that he says they have been friends a long time. He never denied he was his lawyer. That he did some legal work for him along the way. And that’s the extent of that." Hannity later released a statement saying "Michael Cohen has never represented me in any manner. I never retained him, received an invoice or paid legal fees." Fox News has yet to formally comment on Hannity's connection with Cohen.
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Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel subtly responds to Sean Hannity's threat with the "revelation" that he once worked on The Man Show
Kimmel had a sketch last night where his "doorman" threatened to expose his Man Show past if he wasn't given $10,000. The "doorman" also threatened to reveal that the late-night host was sleeping with one of his staffers -- Kimmel's wife, Molly McNearney.
Posted Sunday 4/08/18 at 5:24PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel moves to end feud with Sean Hannity, apologizes for gay jokes
Kimmel released a statement on Twitter late Sunday morning calling for a cease-fire in his feud with Hannity, saying that while he had "fun," "I realize that the level of vitriol from all sides (mine and me included) does nothing good for anyone and, in fact, is harmful to our country." Kimmel also called out the "vile attacks against my wife and wishes for death of my infant son." Kimmel's wife, Molly McNearney, tweeted that amid the Hannity feud, she has been called a "'c*nt', 'ugly bitch' , with 'defective genes', & asked if my baby ' is in a box yet.'" Kimmel had been under fire for slamming Hannity with gay jokes. He responded that "I most certainly did not intend to belittle or upset members of the gay community and to those who took offense, I apologize." Additionally, Kimmel said he will "take Sean Hannity at his word that he was genuinely offended by what I believed and still believe to be a harmless and silly aside referencing our First Lady's accent. Mrs. Trump almost certainly has enough to worry about without being used as a prop to increase TV ratings." Kimmel ended his statement with a shot at the Fox News host: "I am hopeful that Sean Hannity will learn from this too and continue his his newly-found advocacy for women, immigrants and First Ladies and that he will triumph in the heroic battle against sexual harassment and perversion." Hannity tweeted back that he'll have a formal response on his Fox News show on Monday.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Hannity are feuding
The Fox News host and the ABC late-night star have been trading barbs, on TV and on Twitter, with Hannity calling Kimmel "#pervertkimmel" and "Harvey Weinstein Jr." as Kimmel mocked Hannity as "#clownpornsean." The feud kicked off when Hannity went after Kimmel for making fun of First Lady Melania Trump's role in the White House Easter Egg Roll earlier this week, calling the joke a "despicable disgrace" from "ass clown Kimmel." Kimmel responded on his show Thursday night, saying: "If I'm an ass clown — and I very well might be — you, Sean, are the whole ass circus." That led to a back-and-forth on Twitter, with Hannity posting clips from Kimmel's Man Show past. "Jimmy that’s you being a pervert a**hole. How would you feel if that was your daughter?," Hannity tweeted while continually referencing Kimmel's Disney employment. Kimmel's wife and co-head writer, Molly McNearney, also responded to Hannity, tweeting: "Oh man, Sean. If you are offended by that 20 year old comedy bit, WAIT until you hear what our President said to Billy Bush!"
Posted Wednesday 3/07/18 at 4:45PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel's team did background checks on attendees for the Oscar movie theater stunt
Kimmel's head writers, include wife Molly McNearney and Danny Ricker, revealed details of Oscar night, including the hot dog-looking hot dog cannon that was specifically built because they were concerned with the optics of a weapon in a crowded theater. They also wanted to do background checks for the movie theater stunt so they wouldn't have a repeat of last year, when a convicted sex offender who was just released from prison was showcased on the Oscar ceremony. “We hatched a screening, which is very common in L.A., and hoped that no one thought it was suspicious that it was happening next door to the Oscars on Oscar night.” said Ricker. “People had to park off site and then get bussed in because they don’t let people within a three-block radius. We told them they might be on camera for a commercial, keeping it vague but asking them to sign releases. We did background checks and luckily some people in the Dolby wanted to play along.”
Posted Sunday 3/04/18 at 2:12PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel celebrated Oscar Sunday by making an Oscar the Grouch-themed pancake for his daughter
Kimmel posted yet another photo to Instgram of his artistic pancake creations, which his wife Molly McNearney complained about this past week in a Washington Post article.
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 6:42PM EST
Molly McNearney writes about her "annoying husband" Jimmy Kimmel in The Washington Post
McNearney, who in addition to being Kimmel's wife works as Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s co-head writer, finds it annoying that he makes artistic pancakes for their kids. "I know him in the morning, and he’s annoying," she writes. "Really annoying. And not in a typical way. Oh no. Never typical. He’s annoying in a highly productive, quietly creative, intensely aggravating way...He makes pancakes. And not your average pancakes. He makes art. With pancake batter. Like a lumberjack psychopath."
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 5:52PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel says his biggest Oscar challenge is finding fresh jokes about last year’s Best Picture fiasco
"The challenge for me is that a million jokes have been made about this subject," Kimmel said at the TV press tour. "If it happens again, literally everyone at ABC should be fired," he continued. "But I think 99 percent of the show went pretty well. I don't think of it as a Titanic-caliber disaster."
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Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 2:42AM EST
Late-night hosts take to Twitter to react to Roy Moore losing the Alabama U.S. Senate race
"IT’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Yes, Virginia, there IS an Alabama!!” tweeted Stephen Colbert. Jimmy Kimmel, who with wife Molly McNearney, donated $5,400 to Moore’s opponent Doug Jones, made a mall joke in reaction to the Republican ex-judge’s loss: “Poor Roy @MooreSenate can't even drown his sorrows in an Orange Julius tonight.” Meanwhile, The Daily Show tweeted a picture of a hand on a Seventeen magazine, proclaiming it as “The Roy Moore swearing-in that wasn't meant to be.” ALSO: At one point, The West Wing alum Bradley Whitford tweeted: “Oh my god this is close. I’m screaming at the TV like Josh F*cking Lyman.”
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 2:18PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel’s wife Molly McNearney sobbed through his entire monologue on their baby
McNearney, who is also Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s co-head writer, writes of her husband's emotional monologue in The Hollywood Reporter that “I sobbed through the entire thing. I couldn't believe the strength that it took to tell that story a week after it happened. He didn't have to do that. Our family has excellent health care; he had nothing to gain from that. He did it for the other people whom we met in that hospital. He came home that night, and I just hugged him and I wouldn't let go.”
Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 2:26AM EDT
On late-night Trump-bashing: “There’s no example of any kind of sustained attack like this on a politician”
The Late Shift author Bill Carter, who spent more than two decades covering television for The New York Times, says the anti-Trump jokes in late-night are unprecedented for a politician. “There’s a horde of writers writing jokes about Donald Trump every single night,” Carter tells his old newspaper, adding that late night TV is in “absolutely uncharted” territory. “(Stephen) Colbert and Seth Meyers, they are like the voice of the resistance,” says Carter. Late-night comedy, he points out, has always played off the news. And since all the news is about President Trump, it’s hard for late-night comics to ignore him.
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