Late night TV show hosts were surprisingly varied in paying tribute last night to David Bowie, who died late Sunday in New York. Conan O’Brien called him a “mind-blowingly talented” but also “an incredibly nice person,” on his TBS program, by way of introducing a clip package on Bowie’s visits to Conan’s various talk shows over the years, and a look at Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke eras, among others.
Stephen Colbert wrapped CBS’s The Late Show with a performance of Bowie’s Let’s Dance performed by musical guest EL VY and Jon Batiste and Stay Human:
Meanwhile, the marquee for CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden was changed to read “We Can Be Heroes” today in honor of Bowie:
And, Corden tweeted:
On The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon took a minute before bringing out guest Donald Trump to talk to his audience about Bowie:
“Guys before we begin, I’d like to say ‘rest in peace, David Bowie.’ A great artist: one of a kind singer, songwriter, actor, fashion icon, mad genius, who also had one of the greatest senses of humor of anyone I’ve ever…He was brilliant and sharp, and dark and funny. I was just talking about him last week. We wished him happy birthday, showed a clip of his video, and now he’s not with us any more.
“I was trying to think of something funny to say, but it just wouldn’t come out right,” the NBC host continued. “So I’m just going to email, you, David Bowie. And if you can check your email in space, or heaven or wherever you are, you don’t have to email me back. In fact, don’t. It would be weird for me if…so don’t even consider it. Just read it and enjoy what I put in there. But we should all celebrate him for all the fantastic work he’s done. Download all of his albums. He has a brand new album called Blackstar,” Fallon said, holding up a copy of the album cover. “It just came out on Friday. It’s fantastic. Play it loudly and just thank him. Thank you, thank you, thank you, David Bowie.”
Bowie died just days after his 69th birthday, and after the release of his 25th album, Blackstar. Lazarus, his stage reworking of his character the louche alien Thomas Newton from Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, opened Off Broadway in December. Bowie is set to be honored at Carnegie Hall on March 31 with a concert featuring the Roots, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, Cyndi Lauper, Bettye LaVette, the Mountain Goats and among others.