With his Twitter crusade against the New York Daily News in full swing even this morning, Alec Baldwin appears to be in pretty good spirits about Tuesday’s altercation he had with a Daily News photographer. On last night’s Late Show With David Letterman, Baldwin admitted, “It looks like I’m forming the letter F with my mouth” in the front page shot of his run-in. But it’s not the F-word you think! Baldwin “explains,” and photographer Marcus Santos tells his side, below. READ FULL STORY
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Conan O’Brien visited David Letterman’s show last night for the first time in 13 years. You won’t believe what — and who — they discussed. In a way, it was like listening to two old friends who’d been scarred by the same ex-girlfriend; it was just a matter of time before they mentioned her name. Seconds, actually. “I think the longer we just sit here,” said Letterman, after the pair sat down and comically prolonged a moment of awkward silence. “The more uncomfortable it will make Jay.”
Letterman clearly couldn’t resist, gently nudging a slightly reluctant O’Brien to talk about his Tonight Show nightmare. O’Brien joked that he had been assured that the pair wouldn’t discuss it, but why else was he there really? Once O’Brien relented, though, Letterman relished rehashing the events, which he jokingly referred to as his Golden Age of television. “I’ve known Jay a long long time. We go back to the mid 70s, back in Los Angeles at the Comedy Store,” said Letterman. “Jay was always the guy — the funniest guy — he was the guy. He was the guy you’d go to see. He was the guy that you wished you could be more like. He was funny. He was also, uh… a bit of a brat. A bit of a brat. So then, oh you know, when this came along, I said to myself, ‘Oh yes, this is the Jay I know.’”
“You clearly were using my experience to work through some things,” O’Brien observed about Letterman. “You’re someone who’s been in a car accident who passed another guy lying on the road and said, ‘Hahahahahahahaaaaa!’”
Watch two clips from last night’s show. READ FULL STORY
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
That’s one way to look at the relationship between David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, who reunite tonight on Letterman’s program. The then-unproven O’Brien succeeded Letterman on Late Night in 1993, and later they were head-to-head rivals for seven months during O’Brien’s brief and tumultuous reign as host of The Tonight Show. Both men, at similar points in their television careers, found themselves grasping the short end of the stick in passive-aggressive tangles with Jay Leno and downright hostile relations with NBC over late-night’s showcase program.
But they share more than just battle scars, judging by the warm on-screen exchanges over the years. Back in 1994, when O’Brien was still getting the hang of his new job, Letterman graciously returned to his former digs and blessed his successor at a time when O’Brien was being savaged by critics. “The more I watch the show, I realize that you guys do an incredible amount of comedy…that is very high level,” said Letterman. “I think you’ve really done a great job to carve out a wonderful identity for yourselves. There’s nothing like this show anywhere on television.” Watch that early visit below. READ FULL STORY
Tonight marks President Barack Obama’s first appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, but it’s not the first time POTUS has made stops on the late-night circuit. Until former actor Ronald Reagan moved into the Oval Office, it was unheard of for the president to debase his political capital by visiting the same talk shows that trade in celebrities and animal segments. These days, it’s a required a stop on the campaign trail and an extension of the State of the Union address (minus the drinking games).
Indeed, conservative website the Washington Free Beacon reported yesterday that Obama and First Lady Michelle — who appeared on Late Night in February — have overtaken the Reagans as the most televised presidential couple in history. Even after 2008 opponent John McCain dismissively referred to Obama as a “celebrity,” Obama has been unabashed about appearing on a number of talk shows, including The View, The Daily Show, the Today show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He’s also filmed segments for programs ranging from The Colbert Report to American Idol and Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl. Below, we run down some of his notable appearances. READ FULL STORY
Tracy Morgan didn’t take his shirt off on Letterman last night, and he also didn’t jokingly threaten to get anyone pregnant. But the 30 Rock star still managed to be predictably unpredictable, peppering his interview with off-the-wall quips about air travel (“Yeah, I take airplanes. We don’t take the bus to England no more”), Rihanna (“She’s part of my harem”), and his nonexistent past as a royal (“I was a princess — or a prince, rather, in Egypt.” Did he mean to say “Nigeria“?).
Letterman did his best to roll with the punches, valiantly trying to keep the controversial stand-up on topic. The host only managed to curb Morgan’s enthusiasm when he asked about 30 Rock — as soon as his TV show was mentioned, the comedian became a whole lot more lucid. READ FULL STORY
First Lady Michelle Obama dropped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night to promote her Joining Forces initiative, but naturally there was some prodding about the not-so-nice side of politics this election year. FLOTUS remained winkingly positive, saying, “[Barack] is always upbeat — particularly about Congress.” Bah dum bum! Obama also revealed that she occasionally “sneaks out” of the White House for covert trips. Find out where below. READ FULL STORY
The nominations for the second annual Comedy Awards were announced today. Television series Modern Family and 30 Rock and films Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love all lead the pack with five nominations apiece, while Louis C.K. also picked up five nods, three of which come from his FX series Louie.
Nominees for the awards were selected by the Comedy Awards Board of Directors, which include high-profile comedians like Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Carol Burnett, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin, according to Deadline. The Comedy Awards will be presented on April 28 in New York City and will air May 6 on Comedy Central. Choice nominees are below. The full list is available on the Awards’ official site. READ FULL STORY
John Carter star Taylor Kitsch stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night and entertained Dave with a story about getting stopped by customs at an airport in the Philippines when his passport had no room left for a stamp. He was informed he was going to be sent back on the next plane to Japan, where he just flew in from, but Kitsch, who had a work visa to film the upcoming Oliver Stone film Savages, told the agent he was an actor — which the man didn’t believe. With the airport’s computers down, and the man not familiar with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Kitsch pulled out his iPhone and played him the John Carter trailer. “He’s like, ‘That’s not you.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ He’s like, ‘You have short hair.’ And I’m like, ‘Mate, I cut it. It grows. It’s me,’” Kitsch says. Luckily, the guy liked the trailer and Kitsch got to stay. READ FULL STORY
When Daily Show host Jon Stewart stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night, the two comics broached the topic of Mitt Romney. The seemingly harmless conversation quickly went awry when Letterman offered a counter theory on Stewart’s ideas about the GOP presidential candidate. Romney, said Letterman, looks like “the guy who’s on the underwear package.”
Some comic freestyling then led Stewart to wonder whether Letterman even had to wear underwear anymore, suggesting that Letterman has a team of interns perhaps who “just sit there and hug your groin for you.” Letterman didn’t miss a self-deprecating beat: “Jon! I had a little trouble along those lines…” So how did we get from Romney to sexual harassment in such a short span of time? See the clip below. READ FULL STORY
As if she hasn’t been busy enough, Kate Upton — the 19-year-old model who yesterday was announced as the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl — returned to The Late Show With David Letterman last night (where her title as swimsuit icon was first announced on Monday) to talk about her magazine cover, her acting career (she’ll appear in the upcoming The Three Stooges), and her supermodel shelf life.
Check out her appearance, which is filled with equal parts breathy laughing and looking hot, below: READ FULL STORY
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