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Trevor Noah Is Puzzled by Anthony Scaramucci’s ‘Transparency’


Trevor Noah was thrown off by the way Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, announced he was deleting his old tweets.

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Late Night Says Hello to ‘The Mooch’

The hosts lost one of their favorite punch lines on Friday, when Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary. They were eager to get in a few last cracks on Monday’s shows.

“It’s the end of an era. White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned from the post on Friday. And just for old times’ sake, he denied it.” — SETH MEYERS

“Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary. He wanted to spend more time not answering his family’s questions.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

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Trevor Noah took particular issue with the man whose hiring led to Mr. Spicer’s resignation: the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, known to friends as The Mooch. In a tweet over the weekend, Mr. Scaramucci announced — in the name of “full transparency” — that he would delete his past tweets.

“That’s not full transparency. What if everyone defined transparency the Trump way? Like, if a money launderer was like, ‘Full transparency: I’m shredding all my financial records. Shredding them all, you won’t see a thing. Full transparency.’” — TREVOR NOAH

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Mr. Noah pointed out that while Mr. Scaramucci doesn’t have any experience in government, he does come from one of President Trump’s favorite hiring pools.

“Just like everyone else working in the Trump administration, Scaramucci also spent seven years working at Goldman Sachs. Which makes me think that maybe Trump’s plan to crack down on Wall Street is just to move Wall Street into the White House. ‘You guys can put your bags over there, next to Russia’s.’” — TREVOR NOAH

‘The Daily Show’ Sends Off Spicer With a Look Back

Mr. Noah bid adieu to Mr. Spicer with a special “in memoriam” compilation.

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The Punchiest Punchlines (Kid Rock Edition)

“WebMD is being sold for $2.8 billion. The owner said he was just getting tired — but WebMD says it could either be gout, polio or scurvy.” — JIMMY FALLON

“Kid Rock today further fueled speculation that he will officially run for Senate by tweeting a poll showing he would lead a hypothetical election against the Democratic senator. Even worse? His music!” — SETH MEYERS

The Bits Worth Watching

It was an evening of late-night paternity tests. First, watch Mark Hamill play a game called “I Am Your Father.”

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… And see which of Rob Lowe’s sons is the “Best Son.”

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What We’re Excited About on Tuesday Night

The tables turn on Charlie Rose on Tuesday night, when he’ll be interviewed by Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show.”

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