Seth Meyers says he tried to bury the hatchet with Donald Trump, but a recent encounter with Trump didn’t turn out as Meyers hoped.
Meyers – head writer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and anchor of “Weekend Update” on the show – told Jay Leno Tuesday night on “The Tonight Show” on NBC that he bumped into Trump “at a charity function” some time after the April White House Correspondents dinner.
Meyers was the emcee of the annual Washington get-together of journos, entertainers and politicians – including the President of the United States. The dinner is always a jocular affair, with speakers poking fun at various attendees in a manner that’s less harsh, say, than the abuse ladled out in those Comedy Central Roasts (for which Trump was guest of “honor” earlier this year).
Trump, an attendee at the dinner, absorbed abuse from President Obama, who commented on Trump’s then-obsession with Obama’s birth origins, and from Meyers, who raked Trump over the coals with lines like this one: “Donald Trump said that he was running for president as a Republican. That’s funny, because I thought he was running as a joke!”
Later, in an interview with the New York Times, Trump slammed Meyers, saying the comedian “has no talent,” “he fell flat,” his delivery was “bad” and he’s “a stutterer.”
“Donald Trump wasn’t that happy with my jokes about him” Meyers told Leno, after Jay brought up the subject. “[Trump] said I was mean,” Meyers said, “but I wasn’t meaner than, like, [North Korean dictator] Kim Jong Il would be if [Trump] was president! If you want to be president, people are going to be mean.”
Meyers then said he ran into Trump at an unspecified charity event, presumably in New York. “I went over and thanked him for being a good sport [at the Washington dinner],” Meyers told Jay. Then Meyers – without going into details – implied that Trump was less than warm to him. “He held his position,” Meyers said, as Leno pressed him for details. “He maintained his position.”
Meyers was in L.A. because he’s hosting Wednesday night’s annual sports awards telecast, the ESPYs, starting at 9/8c on ESPN.