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.”
“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.