Seth Meyers on a "Frustrating" Challenge of Keeping Up With Trump

“He’s substantially a ‘writer’ that gets a many time on a uncover each week,” says a ‘Late Night’ horde as a president’s tweets and indeterminate moves continue to flip a book on Meyers’ best-laid digression plans.


Based on a volume of time we spend reading his tweets or a twin of something he said,” says Seth Meyers of President Trump, “he’s substantially a ‘writer’ that gets a many time on a uncover each week. I’m astounded he hasn’t come for a credit since — we don’t know if we know this about him — though he loves credit.” Indeed, a perfect volume of a news entrance out of a White House has upended many of a best-laid Late Night With Seth Meyers digression plans. Meyers’ signature “A Closer Look” segment, a comic take on that day’s head-scratcher out of D.C., has turn a near-constant crash. A author pens a breeze a night before that Meyers starts to labour during about 9 a.m. The book contingency be sealed by 3 p.m. for a 6:30 live taping, after that there’s a six-hour window for events to blow adult a shred before it front after midnight — as they did when Michael Flynn quiescent as inhabitant confidence confidant on a dusk of Feb. 13. “Obviously a assembly understands what happens. It’s not like they’re examination it and thinking, ‘Hey, did he not hear …?’ ” says Meyers. “But it’s frustrating for us, since we are perplexing really tough to make it as up-to-the-minute as possible.”

Other days, it’s a insane rush to rewrite a shred before deadline as on Feb. 16, when Trump hold his 77-minute news conference. Meyers filled in on PBS that day for Charlie Rose, who was recuperating from heart surgery. He left a Late Night bureau during 1:30 p.m. to fasten Rose’s uncover during Bloomberg’s offices. “We had a square written. But in a 20 mins before we went on to do Charlie’s show, we was only examination [the news conference] and realizing, ‘Oh, this is all anyone is going to be articulate about, and we are going to have to start over from scratch,’ ” Meyers recalls. “It’s sparkling to lift those together, generally when [Trump] is giving so most element over a march of an hour.”

But Meyers is keenly wakeful that a administration has caused a lot of real-life anxiety. “For me, it’s been impossibly cathartic to be means to routine all of this information each day with a uncover and to go out in front of an assembly of people and explain what happened with jokes,” he says. ” ‘Here’s what happened today, can we f—ing trust it?’ Because we consider there are times where we can see in Rachel Maddow’s eyes or Jake Tapper’s eyes, they wish to say, ‘Can we f—ing trust it?’ But they have a different, aloft standard. And when we have a boss with a low customary of what he’s aiming for, it’s good to hang out with low-standard people like comedians who are happy to speak about him in a same terms.”

This story initial seemed in a Apr 13 emanate of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To accept a magazine, click here to subscribe.