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Seth Meyers: Trump Refused to Come on My Show Unless I Made On-Air Apology

Late night comic Seth Meyers revealed that Donald Trump once almost appeared on his show — but the booking fell through after the late night comic refused the future president’s demands to apologize to him on air.

Meyers, of course, is responsible (along with former President Obama) for the infamously humiliating roast of Trump at the 2011 White House correspondents dinner, which you can relive above.

Well according to Meyers, who spoke with Politico’s “Off Message” podcast, he bumped into Trump years later at SNL’s 40th anniversary special in 2015 and invited him on his NBC show.

Trump, who would announce his long-shot bid for the presidency a few months later, at first was “receptive” to the offer. But then he dispatched none other than personal lawyer Michael Cohen to negotiate the appearance.

Meyers said that Cohen outlined Trump’s demands for appearing on the show: a public on-air apology from the late night comic for roasting Trump years earlier. Meyers declined.

Meyers also dished on the podcast on why comics are taking aim at Trump. “[He] turned himself into an object of ridicule,” Meyers said. “This is a case of judo, where you’re using someone else’s momentum against them. It’s not like we’re attacking. We’re just sort of like steering his weight and letting him take himself down.”

Listen to the episode here.

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