Late-night hosts wasted no time in poking fun at former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s firing Tuesday by President Trump over Twitter. Tillerson was ousted barely four hours after he returned from an Africa mission, and with no face-to-face conversation with the president.
On Late Night With Seth Meyers, the host took issue with how Trump let Tillerson go. “Even when you get fired from Domino’s, the manager takes you into that crappy little office and tells you to your face,” the host said. “Tweets are for finding out which band is in town or which airline was mean to Chrissy Teigen.”
Offering an explanation as to why Tillerson was dismissed, Meyers compared the move to 1980s college comedies. “If the White House is a fraternity house in an ’80s movie, Tillerson was the dean, and the dean never wins in an ’80s movie,” the host quipped.
On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah noted it was lucky that Tillerson was tipped off about the news of his firing before the information got out while he was in Africa. “Imagine if this happened and he wasn’t warned. He could have been in the middle of negotiations in Africa and African leadership could have found out before him,” said Noah. “He could’ve been like, ‘I’m here to tell you what America requires,’ and they could’ve been like, ‘I’m here to tell you to suck my dick.’ “
Conan O’Brien, meanwhile, poked fun at Trump’s nomination process. “President Trump fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Twitter. It makes sense when you consider that Trump hired Tillerson on Tinder,” O’Brien said.
He added: “Rex Tillerson reportedly doesn’t know why he was fired. At least, that’s according to Tillerson’s roommates, Sean Spicer and Omarosa.”
On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert joked about the way Trump phrased Tillerson’s dismissal (and former CIA head Mike Pompeo’s subsequent hiring) on Twitter, saying, “Congratulations to all!”
“Wait, congratulations to all? ‘Congratulations Rex, you’ve won an all-expenses paid trip to beautiful Get the Fuck Out of Here,’ ” Colbert said. ” ‘As a parting gift we got you this beautiful door, which we hope does not hit you on the ass.’ “
Later, Colbert’s Hunger Games-inspired Julius Flickerman character made his return to further discuss the “dramatic” departure of Tillerson. Chronicling Tillerson’s life story, Flickerman jabbed that the former Secretary of State introduced the “merit badge in moron identification” to Trump while serving as an adult boy scout. Though Tillerson pondered quitting seven months prior, Colbert advised that Tillerson should have referred to Twitter. “Remember the old saying: If at first you don’t succeed, check your Twitter. You’ve just been fired.”
Jimmy Kimmel reminded viewers of Live! that the tweeted firing was especially odd given that Trump has a lot of experience firing people in person from his days on The Apprentice. “Donald Trump spent more time firing Lil Jon than he did firing the Secretary of State,” Kimmel joked. He added: “I’m starting to think he fires people — just so he can get a piece of going-away cake at the party.”
Over at The Late Late Show, James Corden also shared his take on the Trump’s firing. “This surprised me mostly because I thought Tillerson got fired months ago,“ he said, joking that Tillerson was just an “old rich white guy that worked for Trump.”
About Tillerson learning he was fired via Twitter, Corden quipped that it was simply due to the social media network being more “presidential” than others. Following Tillerson’s firing, Trump also let go of Tillerson’s Undersecretary of State, something Corden found difficult to keep up with: “Trump is firing staffers over the firing of staffers. This is like that movie Inception, except with uglier people.”
Meanwhile, on The Opposition, Jordan Klepper called Tillerson’s firing process “classy.” “Twitter is the best way to fire people. Everyone deserves to be fired between a sad Keanu [Reeves] meme and a thread on why Bruno Mars is problematic,” Klepper said, adding that he’s “glad” the president decided to fire the “oil drum wearing a neck tie.”