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Jimmy Kimmel to headline White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Prepare to change the “K” in K Street to Kimmel: Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped as the featured entertainer of the 98th installment of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, the organization announced today. President Obama and the First Lady, along with high-level government officials and journalists, will be in attendance at the Washington, D.C.-based event, which is slated for April 28, 2012 and airs on C-SPAN.

Quipped Kimmel in a statement: “I look forward to being a part of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. I love dinner.” No word yet on whether the 43-year-old host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! will push his decidedly pro-pizza agenda.

During Obama’s term in the White House, Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers assumed the comedy reins for the 2011 dinner, Jay Leno performed at the 2010 dinner, and Wanda Sykes headlined the 2009 dinner.

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Conan O'Brien on his return to New York: 'I'd be surprised if an old favorite from 'Late Night' didn't show up'

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It’s Homecoming Week for Conan O’Brien: The man who hosted Late Night from 1993 to 2009 in New York returns tonight to the Big Apple to host five nights of his TBS talk show, Conan. O’Brien recently chatted with EW about the New York shows, the difference between audiences in New York and Los Angeles, and the painful regret of the jeggings incident.

On the vibe of his New York shows:

“When we travel with the show, we like the DNA of the show to change. It’s really important to me that these feel like New York shows, so one of the key components was to make sure that I’m out amongst the people, and that it’s not something where it’s just, ‘Okay, he’s in the Beacon Theatre, but he’s doing the same old crap.’ This will be me going outside and doing the same old crap, which will be a whole new way of looking at it. In the four days that I was shooting [pre-taped segments] there, I got to just about every part of New York City, which was really fun. I could not pass a street corner where the ghost of an old remote that I had shot in the 90s would [appear]… I would pass a corner and look out the window and see Riverside Park and think, “Oh right, I was dressed as a woman on a unicycle.” We’ll be down in the Garment District and I’ll look out the window and be like, “Yeah, I remember wearing an antelope head, riding on Andy Richter’s back in ’98.” It’s all these old war stories coming back.

“This is my first time back in New York as a tourist. So it’s that cliché where I’ve never gone to the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty when I lived in New York, so now we’re actually taking the show to New York as guests, which is a fascinating new experience. I’m going to be terrified of Central Park. I’m going to be complaining about the urine smell. I’m going to be horrified that my half a bagel with cream cheese costs $35. And I’m going to walk around with a cardboard suitcase and look up at the skyscrapers and marvel at ‘them moving boxes’ that take you from one floor to the next. I’m going to look at New York with a fresh eye.” READ FULL STORY

'Jimmy Kimmel Live!': Get a first look at the show's new opening!

Virgil once said: “Look with favor upon a bold beginning.” We haven’t studied up too much on the great Roman poet, but we’re guessing he wouldn’t mind if you used those words as lofty introduction for the new opening credits for Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The ABC late-night talk show has featured the same sequence since its debut back in 2003, but that all changes tonight. Gone are the days when Jimmy shuffled his way to work on Hollywood Boulevard in a three-quarter sleeve baseball shirt; he’s now a sleek-outfitted special-ops superhero who urgently zip-lines and ninja-tumbles his way to the studio. Hurry, Jimmy! Rebecca Romijn isn’t going to flirt with herself and the Fray must play! Get your first peek at the new opening below. READ FULL STORY

Beavis and Butt-Head hijack Jimmy Kimmel -- VIDEO

UPDATED: Beavis and Butt-Head will make a surprise appearance on tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote their return to MTV (video added below). The duo will crash Jimmy’s interview with Snooki and apparently try to host the ABC late-night talk show themselves … but, of course, are animated so I’m unsure how that works exactly. Anywhere, here’s an exclusive preview pic: READ FULL STORY

Obama tells Jay Leno he's waiting for GOP rivals to get 'voted off the island'

President Obama expressed some regret about the manner in which Muammar Gaddafi died and claimed he’s not paying attention to the GOP race on NBC’s Tuesday edition of The Tonight Show.

Sitting down with Jay Leno, the president first gave his reaction to the Libyan dictator’s violent death:

“Well, this is somebody who, for 40 years, has terrorized his country and supported terrorism,” Obama said. READ FULL STORY

President Obama to sit down with Jay Leno

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President Obama will have a late night chat with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show next week. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer says in a tweet that Obama will be on the show Tuesday. Obama will be traveling on the West Coast next week, raising money for his re-election bid and trying to boost public support for his jobs bill.

This will be Obama’s fourth time on Leno’s show. He made two appearances as a presidential candidate. His last appearance was in March 2009, shortly after taking office. NBC, which airs Leno’s show, said at the time that Obama was the first sitting president ever to appear on The Tonight Show.

'Millionaire Matchmaker' Patti Stanger apologizes for offensive comments about gays

Patti Stanger, star of Bravo’s long-running reality show Millionaire Matchmaker, has issued an apology after making a series of offensive statements about gay men and monogamy on last night’s live season premiere of the cable network’s late-night talk show Watch What Happens: Live. “I am so sorry,” Stanger said in a statement to media watch group The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). “I did not mean to offend anyone with my comments last night on Watch What Happens: Live.”

A spokesperson for Bravo followed that up with a statement from the network. “Bravo regrets the comments expressed by Patti Stanger on Watch What Happens: Live last night. Her comments are not representative of the network’s beliefs and opinions. We apologize for the offense it caused.”

In a question and answer session with fans on the Sunday, Sept. 25, episode, after a gay caller asked about being monogamous in a long distance relationship, Stanger said: “There is no curbing the gays…I have tried to curb you people.” Later in the episode, Stanger alluded to the fact that it was a “compliment” to be straight versus being gay, which visibly flustered host and Bravo executive Andy Cohen.

Stanger is set to appear on HLN’s The Joy Behar Show on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and will likely address the controversy.

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Charlie Sheen to Leno: 'I would have fired my ass too'

A surprisingly contrite Charlie Sheen took to NBC’s Tonight Show on Thursday night to talk about some of his outrageous behavior during the past several months.

Despite his lawsuit pending against Two and a Half Men studio Warner Bros. alleging that he was unfairly dismissed from the CBS hit, Sheen told host Jay Leno that his employers had good cause to let him go.

Leno asked the actor if he’s still angry at Men producers and CBS.

“No, no. I would have fired my ass too,” Sheen said, then added: “Well, maybe not like they did.”

Sheen said his rants spawned a media frenzy that was like “a runaway train that I was the reluctant conductor of — and it just kept going.” READ FULL STORY

Bravo's 'Watch What Happens: Live': Season 5 guests include...

Break out the cocktails — the Bravo clubhouse is about to be reopened! EW has exclusively learned that the fifth season of Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live is set to return to the cable network on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 11 p.m.

This coming season will again feature two new episodes a week, but instead of the previous Sunday and Thursday rotation, Watch What Happens: Live will air on Sunday and Monday.

The Sept. 25 premiere will feature a visit from Patti Stanger, who will be taking questions from viewers on the special, one-hour episode. Then guests roll out as follows:  READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin talks Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream: 'They sent me a sample months ago'

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Audiences in 1998 were more than sweet on Saturday Night Live‘s iconic NPR/Schweddy Balls sketch featuring Alec Baldwin. This week, Ben & Jerry’s even gave the comedic moment one of the greatest compliments ever — its own ice cream flavor. According to the Ben & Jerry’s site, Schweddy Balls “is Fair Trade vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and is loaded with fudge covered rum and milk chocolate malt balls.” EW managed to talk to Baldwin about this, um, unique new flavor and it turns out he wasn’t surprised! “They sent me a sample months ago,” says the actor, who’s hosting SNL for a record 16th time on the Sept. 24 season premiere. “They messengered it over to my house. I had a container arrive on dry ice with malted milk balls and rum-tinged vanilla. I was well aware they were headed in that direction.” But it sounds like Baldwin probably won’t be indulging in Schweddy Balls anytime soon. Says the actor, “I’m a fan of all Ben & Jerry’s, but I’m on a diet now so I’ve kind of cut back.”

Before you run out and purchase your Schweddy Balls for the weekend, take a little trip down memory lane… READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher predicts 'Two and a Half Men' will 'go through the roof' -- PHOTO

Ashton Kutcher showed on up on Late Show with David Letterman for his appearance tonight in his “anti-fatwa” gear, poking fun at the jihadist death threat against the talk-show host. “You can’t be too careful sitting next to a guy with a fatwa,” Kutcher said.

Then Kutcher discussed his new role on Two and a Half Men and agreed with a strong prediction about its chances for success. “From the beginning, I said this was a tremendous combination,” Letterman said of Kutcher’s casting on the long-running comedy. “It’s going to go through he roof.”

“I think it’s going to go through the roof,” Kutcher agreed. “I’ve been laughing really hard.” Here’s a video preview: READ FULL STORY

'Late Late Show' anthrax scare: Mysterious powder was corn starch, says CBS

As Craig Ferguson outlined on The Late Late Show Tuesday night, the series had received a threatening letter Tuesday that included an unknown white substance. (Said Ferguson in his monologue: “It’s a very scary situation … My first concern, of course, was for my staff. And by staff, I mean penis.”) Now, the powder, which resembled anthrax, has been identified. A rep for The Late Late Show has confirmed with EW that the substance in the letter — which was sent from a European address — was actually corn starch. “The LAPD and FBI are currently investigating the situation,” CBS says in a statement.

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'Uncle Frank' Potenza, of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' fame, dies at 77

Frank Potenza, the former New York policeman known as “Uncle Frank” in his comedy appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, passed away today. He was 77.

Potenza was a Korean War veteran as well as a former NYPD officer and Las Vegas security guard. Called “Uncle Frank” on the show, Potenza was Kimmel’s real-life uncle; Kimmel asked Potenza to join his talk show as a security guard and on-air contributor when it began its run in 2003. Potenza moved to Los Angeles to participate in his nephew’s show. READ FULL STORY

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