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Trump sounds off on 'no talent' late-night hosts; Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert fire back

Charles Trepany
USA TODAY
The News Herald

Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel are firing back after President Donald Trump's biting comments about them and fellow late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers.

In a tweet Tuesday, Trump praised Fox News host Greg Gutfeld, calling him a "one time Trump Hater who has come all the way home."

"His Ratings easily beat no talent Stephen Colbert, nice guy Jimmy Fallon, and wacko 'last placer' Jimmy Kimmel," Trump added. "Greg built his show from scratch, and did a great job in doing so."

The same day, the New York Post published an article in which Trump bashed Seth Meyers and Colbert. While discussing the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, Trump called Meyers, who hosted the event in 2011, "a zero."

"He was nasty," Trump said of Meyers. "Just one joke. The guy’s got no talent whatsoever. Zero. How do these guys get jobs? I don’t get it."

In addition to Meyers, Trump added Colbert also "has no talent" and that "there's nothing funny about him."

"You look at some of these people and you say, 'How do they get a job?' " he continued. "They are just so average. They are average people."

While Fallon and Meyers have yet to respond to Trump's comments, Colbert and Kimmel didn't take them lying down.

In a clip from his show published on Twitter Tuesday, Colbert called out the president for focusing on comedians rather than combating the coronavirus pandemic.

"It’s nice to know that Trump is staying laser-focused on the ball during a crisis," he said. "It reminds me of FDR."

Colbert then cut to a clip of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Infamy Speech the day after Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. But instead of including Roosevelt's full quote, Colbert dubbed it with criticism of Groucho Marx.

"Well, I can't speak for Seth. He's very talented, but I’m an idiot," Colbert continued. "And the only reason I have this job is because I married the daughter of Donald CBS, and for some reason he keeps putting me in charge of everything."

(That jab was a reference to Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and a senior adviser at the White House, who has called the federal government's response to the coronavirus outbreak "a great success story.")

Kimmel also fired back at the president in a video posted to his Twitter account Tuesday.

"Wacko last? I hope he wasn’t talking about me," Kimmel said. "I think maybe this was another typo situation. I think what he meant to tweet was, ‘I am completely devastated by the loss of life caused by this insidious virus. My thoughts are with the families of those who've passed. I pledge to spend every waking moment working to make sure our medical workers have the support they need and every American has access to tests. P.S. Congrats to Greg Gutfeld!’ That’s better, right?”