"In times of national crisis, many Americans turn to late-night television to help understand and process what’s going on," says Peter White. "Late-night has a history of summing up the mood of the nation, from Harry Belafonte interviewing Martin Luther King during the riots of 1968 when he guest-hosted The Tonight Show, through to Arsenio Hall’s interview with LA Mayor Tom Bradley after the LA Riots in 1992 and David Letterman’s emotional monologue after 9/11. That has never been clearer than this week as this generation of late-night talent including Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien and Amber Ruffin stepped up and delivered emotional words, empathy and illuminating guests amid nationwide protests against police brutality following George Floyd’s death as the worst global pandemic in over 100 years raged on." ALSO: Amber Ruffin's four nights of recounting her police interactions have been compiled in one Late Night video.
TOPICS: Amber Ruffin, Conan, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, George Floyd, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Reggie Watts, Trevor Noah, Black Lives Matter