If you thought that this last year, with all of its election fights and debauchery, has been a buffet for late night comedy shows–well. While shows like The Daily Show, Late Night, The Tonight Show and so on have gotten their fill from over twelve months of Trump, it’s all come down to the Republican National Convention–if the preliminary elections have been a buffet, then the RNC will be a feeding frenzy.
And now host Seth Meyers wants a plate.
The anchor of Late Night will be broadcasting a live program the night of the conclusion of the Republican National Convention a little after midnight on Thursday, July 21st, Deadline reports. Meyers will be hosting the show live from his studio in Rockefeller Center in New York City at about 12:35am.
The episode will one-hundred-percent-likely be themed all around the acceptance speech of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, who of course will not be making an appearance for an interview or even a simple cameo on Meyers’s show. It’s widely known that the candidate and businessman is officially not allowed on Late Night after he was banned by Meyers himself, who preemptively kicked Trump to the curb after Trump banished Washington Post journalists from physically following his campaign.
Now, Trump has not made any public claims that he even wants to be a guest on Meyers’s show, or any of the several late night variety shows that focus on politics. In fact, of the two other shows that will be hosting convention-related programs in over a week from now, the candidate has only been a guest on one–and that would be The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Colbert will be, too, conducting his own RNC-themed party. Like Meyers, the former Colbert Report anchor will not himself be in Cleveland for the convention–he’ll likely have some of the interns grab interviews–but Colbert will be broadcasting live as well with a CNN-like panel of people to react.
Trevor Noah, on the other hand, will be stepping off the plane at Cleveland Hopkins International, along with his correspondents and crew and a giant, wacky inflatable Trump that you’d normally see outside a car dealership, to host The Daily Show on the ground.
The latter two hosts have been organizing their live late shows for a bit of time now, though, but while Seth Meyers might be a little late to the party–late even for the host of Late Night–he is but just another example of how a solid piece of television culture is sucked into the Trump void. If Jimmy Fallon joins the fray, along with Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden, there will be a full week of complete Trump-drowned late night shows. If so, it will create some kind of record for late night television; never before has every major program of the same class all broadcast the exact same story on the same night.
That being said, this is just Seth Meyers for now, along with Colbert and Noah.