Trevor Noah returned to the Daily Show studio – and a live audience – for the first time in more than two years on Monday. One week after his Grammys host concert, the host touched on another controversy for the awards ceremony: Slap, which led the Academy to exclude Will Smith from all its events, including the Oscars, for 10 years. “You realize at that point that I Am Legend is just going to be real life,” Noah said.
“When I first read the headline, I thought this was the worst punishment ever,” he continued. “I was like, ’10 years? The Oscars? It’s ridiculous. ‘ But I got into the details and I realize he’s getting to keep his Oscar and he can still win Oscars even if he’s ruled out. So in many ways this is not a punishment. This is a favor.
“Will Smith does not have to go to the ceremony,” he said. “He does not have to dress up, he does not have to sit through a lot of boring prices that he does not care about. He does not have to pretend to be happy when he loses – I wish I could be excluded from the Emmys! Every year I have to go and behave as if I could beat John Oliver. It’s a nightmare! ”
“I also think they should at least have consulted Chris Rock before choosing the penalty, you know?” Noah added. “Because if Will was still going to the Oscars, it’s at least four hours where Chris Rock knows where he is. Now he could be anywhere.”
But honestly, “I do not think they should have banned Will Smith at all,” Noah concluded. “I think they should have hired Will Smith to replace the intricate music at awards ceremonies. Do you know how quickly the winners end their speeches when they see Will Smith watching them from the side of the stage?
At the Late Show, Stephen Colbert discussed reports that Russian soldiers stole dangerous radioactive items from Chernobyl to store as souvenirs. “Well of course you can not go to Chernobyl and not check out the gift shop,” he said, mocking a radioactive tourist: “Oh look darling, they have a T-shirt that says, ‘I had a nuclear explosion in Chernobyl!’
When the sanctions for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine finally begin to land, Russia defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since February 1918. “Now I’m sure you’re saying, ‘Steve, how bad is that for Russia’s cash flow? Is it as if “Have they lost their wallets? Or did they invest all their money in Morbius?” thought Colbert.
“Basically, it’s pretty bad,” he said. Russia tried to pay rubles on a loan borrowed in dollars, but was unable to do so as sanctions prevented Russia from accessing its reserves in US banks. “None of the US banks are available to them!” exclaimed Colbert. “No banks, no Elizabeth Banks, no Tyra Banks, no Joseph A Banks! No two suits for the price of one.”
In other news, Donald Trump supported the controversial television host Dr Oz for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. “Come on, he’s a scam! And so is Dr. Oz,” Colbert was panned to death. In a statement, Trump said Oz had “lived with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected and smart.”
“Aww, Grandpa thinks his TV friends are his real friends,” Colbert joked.
And in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel mocked the concern of the House Committee, which investigated on Jan. 6, that if Attorney General Merrick Garland decides to prosecute, Republicans will smear the effort like a biased witch hunt. “Pretty sure the Titanic has already sailed,” Kimmel pondered. “Every time any of them are accused of anything, it’s a witch hunt.”
“So why not refer it to the Department of Justice?” He continued. “If you’re concerned about the optics of prosecution, why do the investigation do so in the first place?”
“How does this guy keep getting away with this?” he wondered. “He’s the president’s equivalent of the Tinder swindler. They could at least exclude him from the Oscars for 10 years, right?”
Kimmel also gave an update on the feud between him and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who tore into Kimmel on a podcast with the disgraced Republican colleague Matt Gaetz over the weekend.
Gaetz called Kimmel a “total idiot” whose “tendency is to attack women.”
“Says the guy who’s currently under federal investigation for sex trafficking, obstruction of justice and payment for sex with a 17-year-old girl,” Kimmel replied.
“It’s not fair at all,” he added. “I make jokes about men too. I make jokes about you, actually. Do you remember when I said I felt sorry for you because you did not have a boyfriend in high school before you were 30?