It was no joke that President Trump fired James Comey as FBI director on Tuesday, but there were plenty of them on late-night TV in response to the news, mixed with shock and disbelief. What some of the hosts had to say, via CNN and Newsweek:
- Stephen Colbert: "That shows no gratitude at all. I mean, did Trump forget about the Hillary emails that Comey talked about?" (See his clip here.)
- Colbert: "We'll have more on this tomorrow, when they scramble to cover the whole thing up."
- James Corden: "Remember two years ago when we all made jokes about if Trump ever became the president, he'd be like, 'You're fired. You're fired. You're fired.' They were good times." (See his clip here.)
- Corden: "I'm worried this puts Trump in a real bind—he doesn't have enough kids to fill the vacancy."
- Trevor Noah: "Like, you can't just fire the FBI director. I mean, if he's gone, who's going to investigate Russia's ties to—ohhhhhhhhhhh." (See his clip here.)
- Noah: "We said Trump was an African dictator. But right now, even Africans are watching this and going, 'Yo … Donald Trump does not f--- around.'"
- Jimmy Kimmel: "He fired James Comey, the director of the FBI, which is kind of like OJ [Simpson] firing Judge Ito halfway through the trial." (See his clip here.)
- Kimmel: "Maybe … he thinks he's still on The Celebrity Apprentice. It was between [firing] James Comey and Meat Loaf, and well, the Loaf won again."
(Kellyanne Conway spoke to Anderson Cooper
about Comey's firing Tuesday night.)