Half of the late-night TV shows were in repeats Thursday, which was unfortunate for the hosts, because Kanye West visited President Trump at the White House — and it was something else. As ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said, the jokes practically wrote themselves.
“I kind of feel like every day I say, ‘Oh, it’s a crazy day.’ Today was the craziest day,” Kimmel said. “This was something special. … Why they decided to allow cameras into this meeting, I have no idea.”
It is indeed a mystery. (Read a complete transcript of the sit-down here.) Here are a few topics that Kimmel, Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah and NBC’s Jimmy Fallon all skewered.
The fact that the situation was surreal
Fallon: “If you would have told me 10 years ago that Trump and Kanye would be meeting at the White House, I would have said, ‘Oh my God, Kanye becomes president?’”
Noah: “As you probably know by now, there was a ranting lunatic in the Oval Office today. And he had to sit there quietly as Kanye West did this.”
Trump’s reaction as he listened to West’s monologue
Kimmel: “That’s the president of the United States sitting quietly while an irrational madman rants and raves at him. Now he knows how we feel every morning when we wake up to him.”
Noah: “I’m not a fan of this new Kanye West, but I will say I really enjoyed seeing Kanye make Trump feel the way Trump makes us feel every single day.”
Hey, anyone remember the hurricane?
Fallon: “The president spent the day with Kanye West and Kid Rock was there, too. Meanwhile, people down in Florida were like, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll just handle this hurricane ourselves.’”
Kimmel: “There’s a hurricane going on. Donald Trump is such a monumental narcissist that any famous person who puts on a red hat gets a visit and plenty of time for one-on-one.”
What spectators might think
Kimmel: “This is the kind of thing that happens on the subway in New York, not in the Oval Office.”
Fallon: “While they spoke, both Trump and Kanye’s assistants looked at each other and said, ‘Man, I thought my boss was nuts.’”
Kanye’s passcode incident
Fallon: “During his meeting in the Oval Office, Kanye took out his cellphone and you could actually see his passcode when he typed it in. 0-0-0-0-0-0. Then Trump said, ‘Hey, that’s the same passcode I use for the nuclear codes.’”