How late-night TV said goodbye to Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Campaigns For President In New Hampshire
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Campaigns For President In New Hampshire / Brandon Bell/GettyImages

Late-night TV gave Ron DeSantis a fitting sendoff after the Florida governor suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Hosts across the board celebrated the occasion, kicking Santis on his way out the door.

DeSantis' polarizing politics and underwhelming personality made him an easy target for the likes of Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers. Things only became worse the more DeSantis campaigned and the further he fell behind frontrunner Donald Trump.

So those same late-night TV hosts were more than happy to bid the controversial Republican a not-so-fond farewell. It all started with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Stephen Colbert's monologue announced the news to a thunderous applause from the studio audience. The comedian then joked that it was a better response than DeSantis ever recieved while running for president.

"Don't cry because it's over," Colbert told DeSantis. "Smile ... because you need practice smiling." Colbert then summarized why Florida's governor never caught on with the rest of the country.

"I don't understand why America didn't rally behind a guy who declared war on the Magic Kingdom, attacked trans kids, denied COVID, kidnapped migrants and flew them to Martha's Vineyard, and ate pudding with his fingers."

Colbert's monologue finished up by calling DeSantis' campaign a spectacular failure. The Late Show host then reminded DeSantis that he won't be in the history books.

Over on Late Night with Seth Meyers, "A Closer Look" was used to share the news on Ron DeSantis. Seth Meyers kicked things off by calling it a terrible blow for the "weirdo community."

Meyers ripped DeSantis for using a fake Winston Churchill quote to announce the end of his campaign. But it was par for the course according to Meyers, considering DeSantis' record of banning books and trying to revise history lessons in Flordia.

"A Closer Look" then turned the spotlight on DeSantis' personality. Late Night argued that being weird is the one area where DeSantis tied, if not beat, Donald Trump.

"DeSantis stands like he's wearing a backpack full of horseshoes," Meyers said, "and has the demeanor of a guy trying to hide a zombie bite."

Jimmy Kimmel Live! chimed in as well. The monologue featured an edited video of repo workers taking apart the set as Ron DeSantis delivered his farewell address. The bit even had a nod to the Republican's infamous high-heeled boots.

Kimmel joked that the writing was on the wall even before DeSantis officially dropped out. The comedian shared a photo in which the head of DeSantis' super PAC was doing a puzzle in the campaign's Iowa headquarters.

The monologue wrapped up with a montage of DeSantis awkwardly smiling, the thing Kimmel said he'll miss the most.

Now, the GOP race is down to Donald Trump and Nikki Haley. It's already clear how Colbert, Meyers, and Kimmel feel about the former president. Time will tell if they decide to turn up the heat on Haley or choose to ignore her in favor of the inevitable winner.