Colbert: Sean Hannity ‘clearly knew what was coming’ on January 6 | Late night TV overview

Stephen Colbert

On Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert anticipated the first anniversary of the January 6th Capitol attack on Thursday, “that awful day when millions of Americans stared at the TV in shock and sadness and said, ‘Ah shit, is that Uncle Dave?’ ”

The Late Show host, one of the few not yet on vacation or out with Covid, addressed the latest revelation from the House select committee investigating the coup attempt. Earlier this week, the committee asked Sean Hannity to cooperate with the investigation, citing texts between the Fox News host and the White House suggesting insider knowledge of Trump’s Jan. 6 schedule.

According to publicly released documents, on Dec. 21, 2020, Hannity texted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, “I do NOT see January 6 happening as he’s being told.”

“So Hannity clearly knew what was coming,” Colbert said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the former president had planned this coup with the knowledge of the entire Fox News lineup, including the commercials.

“Apparently Hannity saw some downsides to destroying our system of representative government,” Colbert added, referring to a Jan. 5 text, in which Hannity told Meadows he was “very concerned about the next 48 hours.”

“So he had prior knowledge of the plot, or he had just eaten three Taco Bell Burrito Supremes,” Colbert joked. “Anyway, he knew the next 48 hours would bring chaos.”

The Biden government plans to solemnly celebrate the anniversary, including a prayer service. Trump, meanwhile, planned comments doubling down on his election lies during the Capitol prayer service to “counterprogram” the commemorative events. “Yes, you can’t let commemorations go ahead without counterprogramming!” Colbert mocked. “Same reason at a funeral, you have to put out an insult comic for the people who are happy the man is dead.”

On Monday, Trump canceled the event, citing “the utter bias and dishonesty of the Unselect Committee of Democrats on Jan. 6,” among other usual targets, and aimed his rant at a rally next weekend in Arizona.

“It makes sense that he would move it from Mar-a-Lago to Arizona, given their state motto: Arizona, America’s backup Florida,” Colbert joked.

Jimmy Fallon

On the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon checked in on the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), advising those isolated with Covid for five days to get a rapid test if it’s accessible. “You can read all about it in this month’s issue of Unhelpful Advice magazine,” Fallon joked.

“That’s right, another update from the CDC,” he continued. “Even Dr Fauci is like, ‘Oh, I muted that one months ago.’

“Right now, the CDC is like that annoying coworker who sends you an email every five minutes saying ‘just follow up’. I’m just throwing this up, guys,” he added.

Fallon also lamented the first reports of so-called “flurona,” a combination of the flu and the coronavirus (or just both at once). “Americans are so stressed out they’ve started smoking methajuana,” he joked.

And in lighter news, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has this week permanently legalized to-go cocktails in New York City. “Then she said the exact same thing five minutes later,” Fallon joked. “New Yorkers say, ‘Look, Governor, if you think you’re just going to win us over — what? We love you.'”

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