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B.Y.O.P.: Be Your Own President
Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, Seth Meyers and James Corden all took last week off. On Monday, they returned to a county seared by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests that followed.
On “The Tonight Show,” Fallon began by addressing the recently unearthed clip from a 2000 episode of“Saturday Night Live” in which he wore blackface to play Chris Rock. He said he was sorry, embarrassed and “horrified.”
“The thing that haunted me the most was, how do I say: ‘I love this person. I respect this guy more than I respect most humans. I’m not a racist. I don’t feel this way,’” Fallon said in his monologue. “And instead, what I kept getting advised was to just stay quiet and to not say anything. And that’s the advice because we’re all afraid.”
Fallon said he initially took that advice, but finally decided that “the silence is the biggest crime that white guys like me and the rest of us are doing.” He then dedicated part of his show to discussing racism with Derrick Johnson, the head of the N.A.A.C.P., and with Don Lemon, the CNN host.
On “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert offered his own thoughts, telling his viewers that if President Trump won’t deal with American racism, they should.
“Not only is addressing systemic racial and economic injustice the right thing to do, it is the safest, most conservative, most self-protecting, most self-serving thing to do. Contents under pressure will eventually explode, and that’s not a threat — that’s a law of nature. So it’s time to ask ourselves, as it is always time to ask ourselves, what kind of nation do we want to live in? That answer requires moral leadership. So take it upon yourself to be a leader and set an example of the kind of country you want to live in. That might mean going to a protest or making a donation or having a tense conversation about race. But you’re not going to get that from the White House, so we need to step up and provide it ourselves. America is now officially B.Y.O.P.: Be Your Own President.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
James Corden did away with his usual “Three Things to Cheer You Up” segment, replacing it with a plea to viewers not to just try and understand protesters’ anger, but to feel it.
“These protests, they have to result in change. Because when athletes took a knee peacefully at a football game, the vice president stood up and walked out of that stadium rather than see that protest. Now a policeman takes a knee to a man’s neck and our leadership hide in a bunker rather than see this protest.” — JAMES CORDEN
The Punchiest Punchlines (Pandemic Nostalgia Edition)
“Stop saying the problem is just a few bad apples. It’s not an apple problem — it’s an orchard problem. If you went apple picking and the guy who ran the orchard said, ‘There are a few bad apples out there,’ and you said, ‘How bad?’ and they said, ‘Kill you bad,’ you’d say, ‘This is a bad orchard.’” — SETH MEYERS
The Bits Worth Watching
Van Jones talked to Conan O’Brien about the fallout from Floyd’s killing and about policy changes that could fight systemic racism.
What We’re Excited About on Tuesday Night
Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, will appear on Tuesday’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”