"The rats are finally eating their young," Jimmy Kimmel jokes.
While most of late-night TV stars continued to enjoy their holiday vacation, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Trevor Noah were enjoying something else entirely: the epic feud that has erupted between Donald Trump and his former chief strategist Steve Bannon.
The book features plenty of bombshells about the Trump administration, but none so scathing as those from former chief strategist, leading to an even nastier response from Trump. And it was all delicious fodder for late-night monologues, so the three hosts wasted no time digging in.
Jimmy Kimmel Live
In looking at the battle between Donald Trump and Steve Bannon in the book, Jimmy Kimmel had a question about timing.
The book painted a very unflattering picture of the president, from poison paranoia to the fact that he never wanted to win, but the biggest comments from the book were from Bannon, prompting Trump's official response.
"Steven Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," Trump wrote.
"The rats are finally eating their young is what's going on here," Kimmel explained of the Trump staffers turning on one another.
"This administration is unlike anything ever," he said. "There are three new scandals every day. The wheels just keep coming off and somehow the bus keeps rolling. I don't know how many wheels there are on this bus!"
Late Show with Stephen Colbert
After Steve Bannon called out Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. for meeting with Russia in Trump Tower prior to the election, he suggested they should have instead done it at "a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire," and Colbert pounced on this alternate suggestion.
"So he's basically saying, it was unpatriotic treason; here's how I would have done it," Colbert marveled.
But it was Trump's response to Bannon's attacks that got most of Colbert's attention. He offered some corrections to the president, like when he referred to Bannon as a "staffer who worked for me after I already won the nomination." Colbert clarified, "Yeah, Bannon was just a staffer, or as some people pronounce it, Campaign CEO."
The president even downplayed Bannon's role in his victory, but Colbert agreed with that assessment. "That victory was the selfless uncredited work of one eager young staffer," he said showing a picture of Vladimir Putin wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Comedy Central host was sitting on the sidelines of this fight between Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, but he was struggling. "As much as I enjoy watching this fight, I realized I don't know who I'm rooting for," he said. "It's like Alien vs. Sexual Predator. Who do you go with?"
He took a special delight in Trump responding, "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind."
"I didn't know presidents could release diss tracks," Noah joked after hearing the quote.