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Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, Trevor Noah and James Corden can’t believe Wolf dared tell jokes at an event touting freedom of speech.
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is a roast and a celebration of the First Amendment and the freedom of speech it guarantees the press and all Americans. So the late-night comedians can’t understand why Michelle Wolf decided to use that freedom to do what she was hired to do on Saturday … tell jokes!
Wolf came under fire after her roasting of the media and Trump’s administration apparently hurt all of their feelings so much that they spent the next two days whining and complaining about how mean she was to each other on their television shows and on social media. It got so bad, the White House Correspondents’ Association put out a statement saying "the entertainer’s" set had missed the spirit of the evening.
It was so awful they even forgot her name, even though they were the ones that hired her and touted what a bold, truth-speaking comedian she was when they were promoting her as their host for the evening. Apparently, commenting on Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ smokey eyes is a line they didn’t want crossed, and once Wolf did, she was dead to them.
Across late-night on Monday, the various hosts couldn’t believe the uproar Wolf’s set caused, with Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah particularly stunned because Wolf used to work for both shows, and she was exactly the same then as she was on Saturday night. Jimmy Fallon, James Corden and Stephen Colbert couldn’t help laughing at the sensitive media, and President Trump.
"The Late Late Show with James Corden"
Corden knows why the president was so upset, though. "During the dinner, [Michelle Wolf] mocked journalists and politicians," he told his audience. "You can see why Trump was upset. She’s stealing his act!"
He then pointed out that for the second year in a row, Trump did not attend the WHCD, instead hosting a rally in Michigan where he could talk about how he won Michigan and how Kanye West both "gots it" and "gets it."
"Trump said he’d rather be around people who loved him, so he went to Michigan and left behind the White House press corps and Melania," Corden joked.
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
Despite not being in attendance, President Trump had plenty to say about the WHCD and Michelle Wolf. He took to Twitter throughout the weekend and even into Monday morning (after "Fox & Friends" talked about it) to voice his displeasure.
"Trump called it a very big, boring bust," Jimmy Fallon said Monday night. "Which is the first time in history Trump has called a big bust boring."
Fallon then speculated on why Trump was so upset about Wolf’s jokes at Sanders’ expense. Slipping into his Trump accent, he railed, "Nobody makes a mockery of my staff except me. That’s where I draw the line!"
"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"
"At this event roasting the administration and the media, you know who got mad? The administration and the media," Colbert told his audience.
But he couldn’t believe how upset they were, and that the WHCA seemed shocked and surprised about Michelle Wolf telling jokes and roasting everyone in attendance (like every host before her). "Being mad at her for doing her job is like accusing the valet of briefly stealing your car," he joked. "And stop acting like you’re surprised. I thought news people did research."
He then unleashed the "other" Stephen Colbert — the faux conservative guy with an arched eyebrow from "The Colbert Report" — to give Wolf a stern dressing down for daring to disparage the fine people of the media and this administration.
"First Michelle, let’s address your potty mouth," he said directly into the camera. "What the f-ck was up with that? This is the Correspondents’ Dinner celebrating the freedom of speech. You can’t just say whatever you want."
"Late Night with Seth Meyers"
The NBC late-night host had a personal connection with this WHCD. He hosted the event in 2011, Michelle Wolf used to work on his show, and Trump called him out in particular in one of his angry tweets, saying that he couldn’t deliver his lines.
"Oh good, it’s always nice when the Eye of Sauron is upon you," Meyers joked, looking nervously into the camera.
"Michelle Wolf doesn’t need anyone to defend her, but she is our friend. So just know that when you call her filthy, you are right," Meyers added. "She is filthy, and she is mean, which is what we love about her. Because those are wonderful qualities for comedians and terrible qualities for free world leaders."
"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"
The Comedy Central star worked with Michelle Wolf even more recently than Seth Meyers, but he took a different tact. He sided with the media and Trump in being (fake) incensed by her words. "Michelle should have had the decency not to comment on women’s appearances in any way, shape or form," he said. "She’s a comedian, for god’s sake. Not the president."
He then showed a montage of Trump insulting the appearance of various women over the years, including saying he would love to tell Rosie O’Donnell right to her "fat, ugly face" that she’s fired.
"Michelle’s joke was about how Sarah Sanders creates makeup out of lies," Noah pointed out. "When Trump insults a woman, he just says fat, ugly face. None of that smart comedy with layers of meaning; just insult! That’s why you don’t send a woman to do a man’s job."
He then played another montage of all the times Sanders told the press corps that some comment or other from Trump was just a joke and they needed to lighten up. "Maybe you guys should get a sense of humor and try it sometime," she said.
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