Trump takes credit for late-night host’s success after claiming he ‘ruined’ Kimmel and Colbert

Donald Trump claimed he was behind the decline in ratings for late-night shows hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah and congratulated Fox News host Greg Gutfeld on recent ratings.

“It was my great honor to destroy the ratings of the Late Night ‘Comedy’ shows. There is nothing funny about the shows, the three hosts have very little talent,” Trump wrote of the hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show, and The daily show.

Trump did not name the hosts or the shows, but his post on the social media platform Truth Social linked to a Fox News story featuring the three hosts.

The former president’s taunt came shortly after Noah announced his departure from Comedy Central to spend more time doing stand-up.

“If there were two things Americans could never have predicted 10 years ago, it would be the political rise of Donald Trump and the cultural demise of the late-night sitcom,” wrote Joseph Wolfson for Fox News. “The idea of ​​a late-night comedian remaining apolitical or hitting both sides of the aisle is from a bygone era as it’s now routine for hosts to use their opening monologue to relentlessly bash Trump and Republicans in general.”

“With Trump out of office, Colbert’s liberal audience has shrunk to 2.1 million viewers in 2022, losing 27% of his prime audience and losing his title as King of Late Night in recent months to the Fox News host , Greg Gutfeld, whose show “Gutfeld!” has outscored rival CBS by 2.2-2.4 million viewers recently,” Mr. Wulfsohn added.

During his first presidential campaign in 2016, Trump continued The Tonight Show on NBC, hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

The host would later apologize for conveniently interviewing someone many considered a dangerous candidate.

“I’m sorry. I don’t want to make anyone angry – I never do and I never will. It’s all about the fun of the show. I made a mistake. I’m sorry if I pissed anyone off. And, looking back, I would have done it differently,” he said in 2018. , According to Hollywood Reporter.

Fallon was criticized, among other things, for messing up Trump’s hair.

“When Jimmy Fallon apologized for humanizing Trump and his ratings skyrocketed, the Radical Left forced him to apologize — that was basically the end of him The Tonight Show. In any case, congratulations to Greg Gutfield!” Trump tweeted on Truth Social on Monday, misspelling Mr. Gutfeld’s name.

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