Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and James Corden go in the president and secretary of state over reports of tension.
After a somber few days following the Las Vegas shootings, late-night hosts got back to punchlines Wednesday night when reacting to the news Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allegedly called Donald Trump "a moron."
"Hold on there, Tillerson," Colbert said. "Nobody calls out president a moron expect me. And other world leaders. And ultimately, history."
The jokes -- and there were plenty of goodies -- stem from Tillerson holding a press conference to insist he never considered quitting his position. When asked to address whether he actually called Trump a moron, Tillerson said he's "not going to deal with pretty stuff like that."
"OK, so he definitely called him a moron," Kimmel joked.
"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert"
Colbert took on rumors that Tillerson called Trump a moron by making it clear that secretary of state should stay in his lane.
"Hold on there, Rex. Hold on there, Tillerson," the late-night host said. "Nobody calls our president a moron except me. And other world leaders. And ultimately history."
Colbert continued: "Why would Tillerson say such a vicious, accurate thing about his boss? Well apparently tensions came to a head around the time Trump delivered a politicized speech tot he Boy Scouts, an organization Tillerson once led."
"That's what made him mad?" Colbert asked incredulously. "Saying there are fine people at a Nazi rally? Eh. Giving golf trophies to hurricane victims? Sure. But the jamboree is sacred."
Colbert then turned his attention to Trump's tweets about NBC News, which broke the story that Tillerson allegedly called Trump a moron. Trump demanded NBC apologize to America.
"I agree with the president. NBC News does owe us an apology, because apparently, Tillerson didn't call our president a moron, he called him 'a f-cking moron,'" Colbert said. "I never thought I'd say this but secretaries of state, they're just like us."
"Late Night With Seth Meyers"
Meyers briefly mentioned the scandal by analyzing Trump's regard for the secretary of state based upon interviews with people in the White House such as Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who specifically said: "Trump still has confidence in Tillerson."
That awkward phrase was also used to describe Trump's feeling about James Comey and Michael Flynn in the public eye before the figures were fired.
"There you go, Rex," Meyers said. "Trump has full confidence in you. You're going to be fine."
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
Fallon joked that he could tell the situation with Tillerson was because "Trump started to throw paper towels at it," referencing Trump's controversial trip to Puerto Rico to assess the damage done by the Hurricane.
"After it came out that Tillerson called Trump a 'moron,' Tillerson held a press conference and called the president 'smart,'" Fallon said. "And then he said, 'Do you think the moron bought it?'"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Kimmel on the other hand, thinks Tillerson's comment should be the last of his worries.
"If Trump is upset Rex Tillerson called him a moron, wait until he finds out what the rest of the country has been calling him," Kimmel said.
But the late-night host was more concerned with Tillerson's comments revealing he never considered leaving his position under Trump: "If you work in the Trump White House and you haven't considered leaving, you're either asleep or you're Ben Carson. Possibly both."
Tillerson told reporters he'll be in the White House "as long as the president feels I can be useful in achieving his objective."
"In other words, 'Goodbye, I will be gone by Thanksgiving," Kimmel joked. "This is the first administration where cabinet secretaries regularly hold press conferences to announce they're not quitting. It usually happens right before they quit."
"The Late Late Show With James Corden"
Corden noted that Americans should take what Tillerson says with a grain of salt since he isn't exactly the most trustworthy person in the bunch.
"Tillerson, you may recall is the former CEO of ExxonMobil so he's used to pretending that nothing is wrong after a damaging, toxic leak," Corden said.
As for being accused of calling Trump a moron, the late-night host joked that he's not just the secretary of state, he's also "secretary of stating the obvious."