Seth Meyers really wants to avoid Trump "burnout" on Late Night

The talk show host doesn't want to overdo it.
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Pictured: "Late Night With Seth Meyers" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBC)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Pictured: "Late Night With Seth Meyers" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBC) /

Seth Meyers knows what's doing. He spent years as a writer on Saturday Night Live, he manned the Weekend Update desk, and this year marks his tenth anniversary as the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. He's aware of when to push the envelop and when not to, which is why his stance on Donald Trump is so thought out.

Meyers was recently profiled in Vanity Fair, and he delved into the complicated personal and professional feelings he has towards Trump. The talk show host doesn't want Trump to win the upcoming election, but he acknowledges that Trump is good for business in some ways.

Seth Meyers doesn't want to rely on Trump for material

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"There’s no shortage. No, it’s crazy," he told the publication. "I mean, it’s crazy! That's my deft take on it..." The thing that Meyers wants to avoid heading into the election, however, is an over-reliance on Trump material during his opening monologues.

Seth Meyers doesn't slight hosts like Jimmy Kimmel or Stephen Colbert, who make Trump material part of their nightly routine, but he does express hesitancy to do the same.

Which, he does, admit, can be tricky when Trump is making bold public statements. "He generates more news out of the ordinary and outside of any norms you’ve come to expect," he noted. "So, naturally, that’s always what you point out."

Meyers tries to keep his political coverage "fresh"

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Meyers told Vanity Fair that he strives to avoid Trump "burnout" for the rest of 2024:

"It’s not like, 'what are our jokes about Trump today?' We never think of it like that way. We think like, 'what are our jokes about the news today?' We try not to write anything we could have written yesterday. And that way, it has a freshness to it."

Meyers did get a bit more personal with the publication as the profile wore on, and admitted that he'd rather Trump not win the election than have an easy source of comedy on a nightly basis. "Here we are [again]," he noted. "So yeah, it’s a very weird feeling..." When asked if he was worried about a hypothetical Trump victory, the talk show host said, succinctly: "I think it would be difficult."

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