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Stephen Colbert Doesn’t Want to See Sean Spicer Go


Stephen Colbert reacted to reports that Sean Spicer is searching for his own replacement.


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‘Sean! Sean!’

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, has a contentious relationship with the news media — but he’s pretty popular among the late-night hosts. He provides a hefty share of their material, after all.

So the news that the White House is seeking a replacement for him made the hosts almost wistful on Tuesday. Stephen Colbert even led the “Late Show” crowd in an affectionate chant of “Sean! Sean!”

“Sean, I have so many questions. If you go, who will not answer them?” — STEPHEN COLBERT

Video by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

“Spicer is leading the search for his own replacement. Trump would help, but he’s busy searching for his own replacement.” — JIMMY FALLON

“They’re looking for someone who’s cool under pressure, well-briefed on policy and can keep a straight face when saying, ‘Yes, the gentleman from Infowars.’” — JIMMY KIMMEL

An Offer to Bring Trump Up to Speed on H.I.V.

Video by The Late Late Show With James Corden

After hearing that President Trump had refused to meet with his advisory council on H.I.V. and AIDS, James Corden said the president might care just a little bit more about the disease if he saw the Oscar-winning 1993 film “Philadelphia.” So he sent nearly 300 copies to Mar-a-Lago.

Colbert on How to Convince a Climate Change Skeptic

Mr. Colbert reacted to news that parts of the country were posting record heat levels. “The temperature is so high in Phoenix, Ariz., that flights are being canceled because it’s too hot for planes,” he said.

“This could be the disaster that finally convinces skeptics that climate change is real: a layover in Phoenix.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

The Punchiest Punchlines (Spicy Tuesday Edition)

Video by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

“Ivanka Trump met with Republican senators today to talk about paid family leave. The senators were like, ‘We’ll totally pay for your family to leave! How much you want? We’re in.’” — JIMMY FALLON

“Today was National Vanilla Milkshake Day — or as Mike Pence calls it, Spicy Tuesday!” — SETH MEYERS

“‘Batman and Robin’ came out 20 years ago today. But we’d always kind of suspected.” — SETH MEYERS

The Bits Worth Watching

Trevor Noah tried his hand at old-fashioned fear-mongering.

Video by The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Jimmy Kimmel imagined what Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods might mean for the in-store experience.

Video by Jimmy Kimmel Live!

What We’re Excited About on Wednesday Night

Video by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

On Monday, Seth Rogen and Mr. Colbert had some fun on Twitter, sending direct messages to Donald Trump Jr. On Wednesday, Mr. Rogen will talk to James Corden on “The Late Late Show.”

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