Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon Drop Same Joke About Anti-Trump New York Times Op-Ed
But at least Kimmel and Colbert offer two very different takes on the situation, with one naming suspects while the other tears the op-ed apart.
Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon all dropped the same joke Wednesday night in response to the stunning New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous "senior official" in the White House declaring an active "resistance" to President Donald Trump’s wild card decisions.
"Remember the horror movies in the ’80s? ‘The call is coming from inside the White House,’" Kimmel joked.
Fallon declared in his Trump voice, "OMG, the fake news is coming from inside the house!"
Perhaps Colbert delivered it the best, though, because he tacked on what the majority of Americans are thinking. "’Mr. President, they’ve traced the resistance and it’s coming from inside the White House. Get out of there, and stay out of there,’" Colbert joked.
With so many late-night hosts focusing on one president continuously dominating the news cycle, this isn’t the first time they’ve overlapped on jokes. It happens. But at least Kimmel and Colbert offered very different overall takes on the situation, while Fallon chose to focus most of his energy on Trump’s reaction to another political crisis: Bob Woodward’s new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."
See how the three late-night hosts reacted to the op-ed below.
‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’
Kimmel spent most of the time covering this historic op-ed simply by reading portions of it for his viewers, but he did have two suspects as to who the anonymous "senior official" could be.
"I’m surprised by how good of a writer Ivanka is," the ABC star joked.
But he was also on board with a popular theory spreading like wildfire, thanks to one very uncommon word the author used — lodestar.
"That’s not a common word. Not a lot of people use that word. But you know who does? This guy," Kimmel said before playing a lot of video clips of Vice President Mike Pence using it.
"Trump just announced that Space Force’s first mission is to locate and destroy the lodestar, whatever that may be," he joked.
‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’
Colbert started off covering the damning Woodward book, full of gems like chief of staff John Kelly reportedly calling Trump "an idiot," before pivoting to that damning op-ed that called the president’s leadership style "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective."
"So the president says that nothing in the book is true and that none of this is actually happening. On the other hand, one thing we know to be true is that when it comes to Trump, whatever you think is happening is happening," Colbert said. "Exhibit A: an editorial that came out like an hour before this taping in the New York Times."
Colbert didn’t spend his time playing the guessing game as to who could have written the op-ed. Instead, he basically tore it apart. First, he took issue with the New York Times writing in an editorial note above the op-ed that revealing the author’s name would jeopardize the individual’s job in the White House.
"C’mon, this person works for the Trump administration. Their job is jeopardized by their job," Colbert joked.
Colbert also didn’t agree with the author writing that the Republican-led resistance to Trump within his own administration should be "cold comfort in this chaotic era" to concerned Americans.
"That’s not cold comfort, that’s no comfort," Colbert said. "That’s like a parent saying tot their child, ‘Honey, I know you’re being bullied at school, but I will help you — as long as the bully doesn’t find out I’m helping you, that kid terrifies me.’"
The author of the op-ed also mentioned "early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment," which officials decided against because "no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis." Colbert had a problem with that statement, too.
"I want to point out that technically the 25th Amendment is not a ‘constitutional crisis,’ it’s a constitutional remedy," he said. "That’s like saying, ‘I know the house is on fire, but we can’t get the extinguisher, no one wants to participate in breaking all of that glass first.’"
One of the most powerful lines from the op-ed was the author declaring the rogue staffers "will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over."
Colbert’s take: "That’s not that comforting. It’s like going on a road trip and your mom saying, ‘Dad’s either driving us to Six Flags or carening us off a cliff into the sea. One way or another there will be a pic of us going, ‘AHHHHHH!’"
The comedian concluded, "After reading this thing I don’t know whether to be reassured or even more scared than before, so I think I’ll go with reassured that I was right to be so scared."
‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’
Fallon, the least political of the late-night comedians on TV, only dedicated two jokes during his monologue to the op-ed. We’ve already mentioned one, but here’s the other: "A senior offical wrote an anonymous op-ed about Trump. Even stranger, the senior official signed it, ‘XOXO Gossip Girl.’"
He did offer a pretty good zinger about all of the books that have come out giving Americans a glimpse of the daily chaos inside the Trump White House.
"Between Woodward’s and Omarosa’s books, Trump has done something incredible — he’s made America read again," Fallon joked.
A photographer also captured a cool photo of lightning striking the White House this week, which Fallon saw as a heavenly sign. "God was like, ‘I’m tired of waiting for Robert Mueller, I’m going to handle this myself,’" he joked.
Fallon’s funniest sketch of the night, though, featured him once again dressing up like the president to take on Woodward’s book.
"Woodward’s book is totally biased, full of lies and an absolute disgrace. But I admit, I haven’t read it," an orange-faced Fallon said while breaking out in laughter. "Because like all books, I’m just waiting for the movie."
Watch the whole thing below.
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