President Donald Trump has been gold for late night TV shows. Saturday Night Live parodies Trump and his cabinet/advisors, including Mobile's Jeff Sessions in an all-Alabama "Forrest Gump" skit, and generating the shows biggest ratings in years.
On weeknights, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert have been fighting it out for ratings supremacy, and it had always been Fallon at #1 -- until now. Colbert has won the ratings battle with Fallon by doing exactly what Fallon is most uncomfortable doing: politics. The ratings gap isn't big yet, but Fallon is concerned and has clearly added more politics to his show. Last night, for example, he did a bit which involved two actual facts and one alternative fact. It was basically non-political, except that it drew on the loaded "alternative facts" phrase that's come out of this White House. And he's clearly being much more of a Trump critic than the Jimmy Fallon who mussed candidate Donald Trump's hair.
But this leaves a big question mark. Will the people who've always come to Fallon for his lack of political fight stick around if he gets political? Or will that make them tune out? Jimmy Fallon is about to find out...