Boehner’s withdrawal came as just a day after he was confirmed as booked for an appearance on the NBC late-night show. Boehner (R-Ohio) has been in the spotlight since announcing he would step down on Oct. 29 after four years as the majority leader of the House of Representatives.
Boehner tabled his “Tonight Show” appearance today because of the turmoil surrounding the search for his successor. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had been seen as a prime candidate but unexpectedly dropped out earlier today, which meant Boehner could not travel from Washington, D.C. to New York City in time for the “Tonight” taping, an NBC rep told CNN.
News of Boehner’s decision surfaced just a few hours before taping of “Tonight Show” typically begins at 30 Rock. But as he was a late add to tonight’s episode, “Tonight” is not hunting for a replacement but will proceed with the previously scheduled lineup of “Steve Jobs” star Michael Fassbender, “Room” star Brie Larson and musical guest Cee Lo Green.
With the 2016 presidential campaign heating up, politicos have suddenly become a hot ticket for late-night guest bookings.