Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers among 500 Americans banned by Russia

Don’t expect to see a late-night TV remote piece from Russia anytime soon. Hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers were among the 500 Americans banned from entering Russia by the country’s government.

On May 19, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it was banning a list of Americans in response to President Joe Biden’s sanctions against Russia.

The list includes former President Barack Obama, several senators, and notable political figures. Then there are late-night TV hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers.

Russia did not specify exactly what Colbert, Kimmel, and Meyers did to get themselves banned from the country. However, the trio has not been shy about criticizing Russia or openly mocking its president, Vladimir Putin. Colbert, Kimmel, or Meyers aren’t likely to lose any sleep over Russia’s response.

Some fans may recall that Stephen Colbert actually did a week of shows from Russia back in 2017. Colbert’s trip came when U.S. politics were dominated by collusion allegations and investigations. The host appeared on Russia’s only late-night TV show and gave his audience a closer look at St. Petersburg and Moscow.

How late-night TV hosts have covered Russia

The Writers Guild of America strike has kept The Late Show with Stephen ColbertJimmy Kimmel Live!, and Late Night with Seth Meyers off the air this month. The hosts don’t have their usual platform to respond to the Russia ban. None of them have acknowledged the story on social media, either. But looking back at the

But the past year has given each host plenty of opportunities to say what they want about Russia and the war in Ukraine. Colbert’s monologues have routinely celebrated Russia’s failures during the invasion. Kimmel has attacked Putin’s appearance and laughed as oligarchs had their yachts seized. Meanwhile, Meyers spent years examining the ties between Russia and the Trump administration. More recently, he’s mocked what he considers Russia’s empty threats of nuclear war.

The past few years have seen more and more late-night TV hosts pulled in the political arena or jumping in headfirst themselves. But it had largely been a domestic affair. Thanks to Russia, late-night TV hosts ticking off politicians has now gone international