Is there any hope – or even pride – left for late night entertainment?
Hillary Clinton’s appearance on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday offered up an embarrassing display of fawning over the failed Democratic presidential candidate.
Female writers for Jimmy Fallon and singer Miley Cyrus took turns reading “thank you” notes to Clinton in a special segment that tipped the “cringe” scale.
“Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for being the first female presidential candidate nominated by a major party, and also the first female senator of New York, and also the first First Lady to transcend First Ladyhood to become secretary of state,” one of Fallon’s writers said. “I guess what I’m trying to say is, thank you Hillary Clinton.”
“Oh thank you! That’s so nice!” a perfectly giddy Clinton responded.
Damn, this is cringeworthy. https://t.co/ujAq36VFoH
— BT (@back_ttys) October 5, 2017
So. Much. Cringe. https://t.co/QDaVXtHgZB
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) October 5, 2017
One writer after another sat in at Fallon’s desk to read their odes to the Democratic politician who just doesn’t know when to quit.
“Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for handling this transition with more grace than I ever could have imagined,” another writer added. “That being said, call me day or night and I will be there with a gallon of ice cream and two spoons to tell you, ‘Girl, you are so much better than him!’“
“Thank you, Hillary, for all the work you’ve done for public health care; ever since the election, I’ve really depended on my government-subsidized anti-anxiety medication,” another said, while one writer added: “Thank you, Hillary, for remaining strong and showing poise before, during, and especially after the election. You taught me that when dealing with a difficult defeat, it’s O.K. to take time to reflect, set your focus on a new path forward, and maybe find a cave in the woods to scream into.”
The mourning has not abated.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) October 5, 2017
A decent person would have never let these women embarrass themselves like this.
[Clinton is not a decent person.]
— Sean Hackbarth (@seanhackbarth) October 5, 2017
One writer’s jab at the election results caused Clinton to burst into laughter.
“Thank you, Hillary, for always sticking to the issues even as people criticize you for superficial things like your hair, your wardrobe, and your appearance,” she said. “You show girls everywhere that politics isn’t a popularity contest—because if it were, you would have won by about 3 million votes.”
The love-fest continued as Cyrus took a turn, crying as she read her note and ending with a request for a hug.
“Thank you, Hillary, for being a constant beacon of strength, hope, and determination for me and millions of other young women,” Cyrus said. “You’ve been a role model and an inspiration and a voice of reason in uncertain times. I could go on and on, but I’d like to get right to the point. Can I give you a hug?”
Every time Miley Cyrus fake cries I want to puke https://t.co/S0lc5rUVu9
— Pardes Seleh (@PardesSeleh) October 5, 2017
Viewers who made it this far were then subjected to Clinton, herself, taking the host’s seat as she read her own thank you note.
“Thank you, Miley, the Tonight Show writers, and all of the women and young girls out there. You are smart, strong, and deserving of every opportunity,” she said. “Together, we’ve made our voices heard; we’ve done great things; and we’ve come a long way. But as Miley might say, we can’t stop, and we won’t stop.”
You know she lost, right?
— Jenn (@JennJacques) October 5, 2017
For many, this just seemed like another nail in the coffin for late night television which has become a political soapbox for those like Jimmy Kimmel who has inserted himself into the debate over healthcare and now gun control after Sunday’s Las Vegas mass shooting which left 58 concert goers dead and more than 500 injured.
Again, I’m not convinced that going unabashedly liberal is going to bode well for late night https://t.co/XARZUgyVVm
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) October 5, 2017
Late-night TV is a vast wasteland of lock-step liberalism and unparalleled suck https://t.co/MUe35n7SzA
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) October 5, 2017
If I produced a late-night entertainment show, I don’t think I would want to repel a pretty sizeable chunk of the population. https://t.co/CvGwRosnOk
— Michael Freeman (@michaelpfreeman) October 5, 2017
Late night comedy needs more maudlin “o captain, my captain” segments involving terrible politicians https://t.co/JaxdTsGmT3
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) October 5, 2017
The segment understandably left many viewers traumatized.
I’m going to throw up
— Laura diamond (@laurafut_laura) October 5, 2017
This display would be an embarrassment for anyone having zero concept of what it’s like to be a decent person. #StillWithHer
— Susan or Sue (@PR1NCEFAN_Colo) October 5, 2017
This is so pathetic
— Alex Kugle (@kugsiebear) October 5, 2017
I don’t watch. I just think it’s pathetic that this loser continues to show up and not move on with life. Certainly knows how to sucker people into keeping her relevant.
— Darryl Lee Meadows (@DarrylMeadowsLP) October 5, 2017
This is like a cult recruitment video. Freaky. https://t.co/TC6lE5lObC
— Chris Cardillo (@cvcardillo) October 5, 2017
Thank you for staying out of Wisconsin.
Thank you for crippling the Democrat Party.
Thank you for blowing a historic lead. https://t.co/NIwOAtNcOF
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) October 5, 2017
Does any late-night show do comedy anymore? https://t.co/n4icFX9AiF
— Ian Tuttle (@iptuttle) October 5, 2017
Trump’s gonna win another term, isn’t he? https://t.co/avLlOHHGfo
— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) October 5, 2017
She’s a feeble old woman, not the second coming of Christ.
FFS, this is embarrassing. https://t.co/HgAMMJL6uI
— MonBossyMothma-WR (@nowhere_nh) October 5, 2017
Holy shit, people, grow up. You’d be better off writing a letter to Santa Claus. https://t.co/ujAq36VFoH
— BT (@back_ttys) October 5, 2017
I would like to add a note: Thank you for being smug and overconfident so that you are not our president. Enjoy your retirement.
— happydeplorablepanda (@happypanda1717) October 5, 2017
No, NBC isn’t biased at all ?
— Damian Karras (@joeschmo1616) October 5, 2017
Really….Really….This is beyond pathetic.
— Jon Schantz (@JonSchantz) October 5, 2017
*Editor’s note: The article headline has been corrected to report the writers worked for Jimmy Fallon.
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