During his nearly four years in office, President Trump has influenced the country in innumerable political, economic and social ways. His effect also has been deep in the realm of late-night television. Trump’s presence in the White House supercharged the popularity of some hosts (such as Colbert), marginalized others (including rival Jimmy Fallon) and gave rise to an entirely new class of voices.
But with Joe Biden now the president-elect, that age will come to an end, leading to new and largely unknown terrain.
Interviews with nine veterans of late-night television, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sector’s competitiveness, suggest that the coming period will bring new power players and a much different tone to one of the entertainment industry’s most closely watched products.
“I see a lot changing,” said Daniel Kellison, a longtime late-night producer who has worked with Jimmy Kimmel and David