Donald Trump Responds to Seth Meyers’ Ban: ‘I Only Do Shows With Good Ratings’

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UPDATED: After “Late Night” host Seth Meyers announced that he was banning presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump from his NBC talk show, Trump responded on Wednesday by saying that it’s Meyers who has been “begging” him to appear.

“He has begged me to do the show for the last two years. I have told him emphatically ‘no,'” Trump said in a statement released by his campaign. “I only like doing shows with good ratings, which as everybody knows, I only make better (by a lot).”

Trump has appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Meyers stood by his banishment on Wednesday night.

“We instituted this ban, despite the fact that he’s never been here, or asked to be here, or would ever be caught dead here,” Meyers joked. “I just think that takes an amazing amount of courage on our part.”

“So, ball is in your court, Donald,” the comedian added. “Either rescind your Washington Post ban or you’re not allowed to appear on a show you have no interest in appearing on. Although maybe now that you can’t have it, you’re changing your mind.”

The “Late Night” host said cheekily on Tuesday night that Trump would be banned from his show, in response to Trump revoking the Washington Post’s press credentials after complaining about a headline. The paper reported that Trump had suggested President Obama sympathized with terrorists after not using the phrase “radical Islam” in response to Sunday’s Orlando shooting.

Meyers said the ban would hold as long as the Post was blocked from Trump’s campaign events.

“Sure, Trump didn’t explicitly say it,” Meyers said. “He implied it with all the subtlety of an eighth grader’s cologne.”


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“But Trump’s vague innuendo is no accident. This is a strategy he uses to try to appeal to the outer fringes while also avoiding accountability.”

Trump was set to make a “Late Night” appearance at one point, but backed out “not for any reason outside the normal campaign reasons,” Meyers told Variety in April. “I wouldn’t want to put myself in Donald Trump’s head, mostly for lack of synonyms.”

“I think at this point, we are perfectly satisfied with not having him on,” Meyers told us.

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  1. DGC says:

    I wasn’t aware Seth Myers had his own show. I remember him from SNL I think. But I stopped watching that show long ago because it stinks.

  2. Dee says:

    Seth Meyers you sound idiotic!

  3. rick roma says:

    Why would Donald Trump waste his time with Seth Myers?

  4. Katie says:

    I haven’t been able to watch his show because it seemed like an terrible version I’d SNL’s Weekly News.

  5. Chris Clay says:

    Seth Meyers show sucks. Trump is a smart guy.

  6. margojames says:

    Not a Trump Fan Girl but does anyone care about the “Late Show”??

  7. ray says:

    who watches your inept so called show you have no talent and it his well known in the industry

  8. Mike Dolphgren says:

    I’m pretty sure banning someone who’s never been on your show, and never intended to be on your show makes YOU look bad, not them.

    Just seems like sour grapes to me. Pretty pathetic, Meyers.

  9. Bob says:

    Hey Meyers – Do you think because you did Weekend Update you were a real political contributor ? Stick to comedy Jackass. No one cares you’re a sheep following Democrat that would back an orangutan if it was a Democrat.

  10. LC Carole says:

    Meyers’ show is awful. Really awful. I don’t think banning people from that is necessarily a bad thing.

  11. Maureen Awty says:

    I totally back Seth Meyers banning that terrible man Donald Trump and I live in Australia following the stories and videos and I feel very sorry for Americans I do hope that he never becomes President he shouldn’t be allowed.

    • InspectorClouseu says:

      Look another foreign genius! Guess you support career criminals huh? Go stick a shrimp on the barb-e and one up your ample sized keester.

  12. Martha says:

    Seth is desperately looking for publicity for his ratings-starved show. NBC really has a stiff on its hands with Meyers. Never understood how he got the gig in the first place.

  13. Mike Siroky says:

    I actually thought the same thing; you cannot get Trump so you ban him. Tell us who will be on,not who will not

  14. Spike says:

    yeah, Seth, and i’m perfectly satisified with never hearing your name again, which, as the ratings go, might not be far off.

  15. John says:

    Not a surprise. Seth Meyers works for NBC, and NBC is very anti-Trump. Their entire network family NBC, MSNBC, CNBC are run by liberals.

    • Dysturbed says:

      So anti Trump that despite cutting ties with him, they invited him to host SNL not long after and also have had him on The Tonight Show.

  16. AtillaThehun says:

    Troll alert: “GC”

  17. AtillaThehun says:

    Hey Seth. Bu-bye

  18. BillUSA says:

    Who cares what late-night host’s say. It’s not like their opinions mean anything. If they knew anything they could be doing something useful for humanity.

    • Butch Lane says:

      Are you suggesting D.Drumpf is doing something useful for humanity.?
      The only one D.Drumpf does anything for is himself. Unfortunately it seems you are one of the many who has failed to do full and complete research and thinks he is a successful businessman who will change your world.
      Bernie Madoff was also considered a successful businessman, he is now in jail sentenced to 150 years for his con of many many billions. D.Drumpf is not a good businessmen, he’s a conman. Good businessman do not put several of their companies into bankruptcy repeatedly.
      D.Drumpf is a conman and it seems you are conned. Hope its not to late for you to turn back when the truth is entirely revealed to you.
      BTW..I have a bridge you might be interested in.!!

      • margojames says:

        What, pray tell, has Hillary done for Humanity?? The Clinton’s entire history is one giant con!! At least Bernie walked the talk.

      • jsm1963 says:

        The SCHIP program, the Pediatric Research Equity Act, got China, Russia, the European Union and the civilized world on board with crippling sanctions against Iran, spearheaded investigations into Gulf War Syndrome, the Clinton Foundation has improved the living conditions for nearly 400 million people in over 180 countries through its Initiative program.

  19. Alfredo says:

    Seth is obviously lying. As miserable as his ratings are, if he had a chance to get Trump on his show, he’d jump at the prospect of a substantial (very temporary) ratings boost. Maybe it’s sour grapes over Trump’s previous cancellation, or maybe he’s hoping to goad Trump into an overreaction. Trump’s best response to this idiocy of Meyers would’ve been to ignore him; I’m a little disappointed that he took the bait, as this (at best) second-rate talk show host doesn’t deserve the added attention.

    Also, Meyers is wrong about Islam. If he thinks he’s right, let him do his show from the ISIS-controlled part of Syria — without armed guards.

  20. nohw says:

    An agenda driven liberal with a low rated show bans a Republican Presidential nominee. Who cares.

    • Dunstan says:

      nohw, I’m glad you and others like you are droning on about “liberals.” It’s so tiresome and lacking in any sense of reality or intelligence.

      Donald Drumpf is a liar, a bully, a misogynist, a racist and has no conception of how government works. He has no grasp of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or anything else.

      His policies would destroy this country, financially and otherwise. He lives inside his real estate bubble and scams people at every possibility; kind of like he’s doing now with his alleged campaign. All he has is a baseball hat with a moronic slogan. What he’d really like on that hat is “Make America White Again.”

      He’s so full of sh*t, I’m surprised his hair, or what’s left of it, isn’t brown.

      As for you, your head is so far up your behind, all you can see is Fox News.

  21. sarahgray5325 says:

    My Uncle Henry recently got BMW X5 SUV by work using a lap-top. see this here


  22. mel says:

    Left wing insecure media whores.

  23. EricJ says:

    Oh, sorry, he went for the OTHER defensive ploy: “You can’t ban me, I wasn’t gonna be on your stupid loser show anyway…”

    (I want to hear the butthurt “Stupid country” things he says about the UK when -they- ban him, too.)

  24. tlsnyder42 says:

    As usual, the Post distorted the news on their Internet website. Time to start banning more biased leftist “reporters” and “journalists” from getting the interviews they so desperately want. You can’t trust some of them to give you a fair shake when they write their final interview stories. Plus, I find most reporters know little or nothing about politics, much less religion, philosophy, history, or science. I know when I was a young reporter, I knew next to nothing about such things, mostly because “public” schools and colleges have become indoctrination centers for atheists and leftists, and sometimes the occult. For example, I have a political science degree and NONE of my classes had us read anything by Russell Kirk, the father of modern conservatism. But, I WAS made to read a lot of Marxist junk.

  25. Stan Heck says:

    He hates bad press so this is getting under his thin old wrinkled pasty white racist skin

    • InspectorClouseu says:

      Look another racist liberal loser.”pasty white skin” Get on that liberal nut job train–Toooooooot!! Tooooooot!!

      • CuiBono says:

        InspectorCouseau, I have been reading all the comments and I noticed that you only know how to discuss a subject by insulting people, calling them names, mocking them, and sometimes acting like a child. I saw how you attacked someone that commented simply because they were from Australia and used a tired and clichéd stereotype to try to insult them. What is it that you fear so much? Who taught you that screaming, writing words where you repeat a vowel 10 or 20 times, or calling anybody that disagrees with you “liberal loser” was the way to discuss any subject?

  26. GC says:

    “I only do shows with good ratings?” Then why were you on THE APPRENTICE for so many years? It took a dozen other celebrities to maintain that train wreck and NBC was burning off two eps at a time in the end … Honestly, one has to wonder if he ran for president so he wouldn’t (technically) be cancelled. Make America Hate Again ….. loser!!

  27. Peter says:

    Taking a stand. Bravo.

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