Boehner faces stiff competition. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS has booked the Dartmouth College Football Dummy — seriously — as well as Cate Blanchett and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! has lined up Lena Dunham and Scandal’s Darby Stanchfield.
Boehner presumably will use his Tonight Show appearance to deliver some iteration of the “everyone misspeaks sometimes” gag he’s been using this week to explain House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recent boast suggesting the Benghazi committee was set up to nuke Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. In one of those incredible coincidences, Clinton recently got loads of headlines, and it appears a pop in polling, with an appearance on Tonight Show, as well as NBC’s Saturday Night Live. (Ironically, McCarthy is running to replace Boehner on an “I’m not Boehner” platform, as evidenced by today’s headlines about his cozy-up meetings with those credited with pushing out the resigning congressman.)
On Fallon’s show, Boehner will be wedged in with Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson and musical guest CeeLo Green.
Politicians are a hot ticket on late-night TV these days, what with first two GOP debates clocking 24-ish million viewers. Last night, Colbert hosted Bill Clinton and had Sen. John McCain on Monday; Fallon recently hosted Hillary Clinton, following Donald Trump. (Boehner might have decided to go with Fallon instead of Colbert after the latter suggested a hearing should be set up to investigate the Benghazi hearings in light of McCarthy’s boast and that it be called the McCarthy Hearings.)
Boehner’s an interesting “get”, having late last month announced he was resigning on October 30. Two weeks ago, he held no-detail-too-small news conference, to which he arrived singing the Disney tune “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” explaining he made the final decision to call it quits that day after getting his morning coffee at Starbucks like he does every day. The sound of cameras clicking nearly drowned him out whenever he teared up and put his hankie to his eyes or nose as he discussed his legacy, how his wife took the news (“She said, ‘Good!’“) and what role Pope Francis’ speech before Congress the previous day had in the timing. Then the Ohio rep exited singing more “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” from Disney’s Song Of The South. The day he made his decision, before his news conference, CBS News rushed to get out word it just landed Boehner live in-studio on Sunday’s Face The Nation, which it claimed would be Boehner’s first sit-down interview and first remarks since he made that morning’s surprise announcement he would resign.