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‘The Conners’ stars Michael Fishman, Laurie Metcalf talk upcoming live political episode

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The cast of ABC’s “The Conners” has a storied history with politics, and it looks like they have no plans to change that.

The show, which focuses on a conservative-leaning working-class family, is a spin-off of “Roseanne.” (The original series was canceled after the show’s star, Roseanne Barr, sent a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett — a former aide to then-President Barack Obama — in 2018.)

Now, “The Conners” is set to air a live episode of the show on Tuesday, Feb. 11 — the night of the New Hampshire primary that kicks off the 2020 political season.

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Star Michael Fishman hopes the politically-charged episode will inspire democratic action.

“In our country, voting is such a powerful thing and I don’t know that we always spend the time to encourage people to vote,” Fishman, 38, recently told Fox News at the ABC portion of the Television Critics Association (TCA) event in Pasadena, Calif. “So my hope is that what we do is we can show what real-life issues kind of revolve around some of the things that are going on in the debates and other things.”

Fishman said that in the show, people will see “how a family comes together and maybe disagrees about certain things, but that we all encourage people to vote and we can do something positive and bring some humor.”

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Also present at the event was Laurie Metcalf, who starred in “Roseanne” and now in “The Conners” as Jackie Harris.

Metcalf, 64, revealed that her Tony Award-winning theater background won’t be much help for the special live episode.

“My stage background will not help at all, because even though stage is live, I’ve rehearsed the hell out of it and I know what I’m doing,” the actress said. “So in a live show, it’s going to have some wiggle room either the improv or, you know, something’s going to not stick to the script. That scares the s–t out of me.”

Metcalf also said that she’s putting “extra pressure” on herself for the important episode.

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At the TCA event, ABC announced that the episode will incorporate real-time election results into the plot, which will follow the Conners as they discuss the right to vote.

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What to Expect from the House and Senate on Trump’s Impeachment

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After a monthlong delay, the House is expected to vote on Wednesday to send two articles of impeachment to the Senate, setting in motion only the third presidential impeachment trial in American history.

The day will be filled with pomp and circumstance, including a vote on the House floor, a formal “engrossment” ceremony of the impeachment articles and a procession through the Capitol Rotunda to formally deliver the charges to the Senate.

What we’re expecting to see: Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to reveal whom she has chosen to serve as the impeachment managers to prosecute the case against President Trump in the Senate, and the House will vote to formally appoint them and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

When we’re likely to see it: Ms. Pelosi is scheduled to announce her choice of impeachment managers at a news conference at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The House is scheduled to vote on the managers from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., after a 10-minute debate. Ms. Pelosi and the managers will hold the engrossment ceremony at 5 p.m., and the managers will immediately march across the Capitol to deliver the charges.

How to follow it: The New York Times congressional team will be following all of the developments on Capitol Hill and reporters at the White House will get the latest on the next steps for President Trump and his allies. Come to nytimes.com throughout the day for live coverage.

Wednesday’s formalities will largely bring to a conclusion the House’s constitutional role in filing impeachment charges against the president, and ends the frosty standoff between Ms. Pelosi and Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, over the outlines of the Senate trial.

Ms. Pelosi had hoped to force Mr. McConnell to commit to calling witnesses and allowing additional documentary evidence by withholding the two impeachment articles for several weeks. But the tactic largely failed after a handful of moderate Republican senators agreed with Mr. McConnell to delay the decision about witnesses and documents until after both sides presented their arguments and senators had an opportunity to ask questions. That could take two weeks or more.

The last time such a handoff took place, during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999, senators struck a bipartisan agreement on the trial rules, voting 100 to 0 to approve them. No such effort is being made this year; Mr. McConnell has said in recent days that he expects all 53 Republican senators to back a trial resolution that could pass without Democratic support.

While Ms. Pelosi will have no formal role in the trial, her hand-selected managers will be front and center, presenting the charges that Mr. Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals, and then obstructed congressional investigations of his actions.

The delivery of the impeachment articles sets in motion several weeks of uncertainty for the Senate.

The general outlines of the trial are clear: The House managers will present the case against Mr. Trump over several days, a team of White House lawyers will then present the president’s defense during an equal period of time, and then senators will be allowed to submit questions in writing to the chief justice.

But the details are still fuzzy — even to the senators themselves. The amount of time each side will get, when opening statements will start and how they will address the question of witnesses is not yet clear.

Mr. McConnell said on Tuesday that some of the answers could come early next week, when the Senate convenes the trial and votes on a Republican organizing resolution. But several Republican senators said that they still had not seen a draft of the resolution.

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Warren appears to refuse Sanders handshake after clashes over sexism in final Dem debate before Iowa caucuses

Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here’s what you need to know as you start your Wednesday …

Sanders clashes with Warren – and the moderators – on sexism charge at heated Iowa debate
The final Democratic presidential debate before the pivotal Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses turned tense Tuesday night, as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren sparred over the disputed reports that Sanders had privately told Warren in December 2018 that a woman could not realistically become president.

“Well, as a matter of fact, I didn’t say it,” Sanders insisted, after one of the CNN debate’s moderators asserted the conversation had occurred. Later, when asked whether he was unequivocally denying that the conversation took place, he said, “That is correct.”  A debate moderator then immediately and matter-of-factly asked Warren, “What did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?”

That prompted laughter in the debate hall at Drake University in Des Moines, and a bewildered chuckle from Sanders. Some commentators have suggested the CNN report of Warren and Sanders’ alleged 2018 conversation, which cited sources who were not present for Sanders’ alleged remarks, was a leak from the Warren campaign intended to blunt Sanders’ surge in recent polls.

The Sanders-Warren clash smashed the more than yearlong non-aggression pact between the two candidates and was just one of several flashpoints between the two that emerged during the debate. As the event concluded, Warren appeared to ignore Sanders’ invitation for a handshake.

Sanders had a different focus early in the debate, as he challenged former Vice President Joe Biden’s initial support for the Iraq war, which he called “the worst foreign policy blunder in the modern history of this country.” Click here for more on our top story.

Other key Iowa debate developments:

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Warren calls on SEC to probe possible illegal trades after Trump reportedly reveals Iran action at Mar-a-Lago
– 2020 Dems excluded from debate turn to commercial breaks to get message out

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Ted Cruz floats idea of ‘witness reciprocity’ during Trump impeachment trial
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pitched the idea of “witness reciprocity” on Tuesday during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders who convened to discuss strategy for the upcoming impeachment trial that will decide if President Trump is removed from office, Fox News has confirmed.

The idea would mean if Democrats call a witness, such as Trump’s former National Security Adviser John Bolton, Republicans would, in turn, be allowed to call a witness. Likely candidates to be subpoenaed by the GOP include former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the unidentified whistleblower who reported a July phone call between President Trump and the leader of Ukraine.

The debate over possible impeachment witnesses comes as the Democrat-controlled House prepares for an imminent vote on advancing articles of impeachment to the Senate. Click here for more.

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California attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York following a hearing. Avenatti was arrested Tuesday by IRS agents for alleged violations of his pre-trial release. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Avenatti arrested by IRS agents during California Bar Association hearing
California attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested by IRS agents Tuesday evening during a break in a disciplinary hearing in Los Angeles over allegations that the high-profile lawyer scammed a client out of $840,000.

The arrest occurred outside the State Bar Court, where the State Bar of California has initiated proceedings against him. Avenatti is accused of fraud, cheating on his taxes and lying to investigators as federal prosecutors allege that he embezzled funds from clients. The former attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, told Fox News that Avenatti was arrested on suspicion of violating his pre-trial release. Click here for more.
 
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Sean Hannity says Democrats have “every reason to be worried” about the 2020 presidential election and that they are in for an Election Day “shock” once again in Trump’s favor.

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What Is A Savage Burn? Mike Bloomberg Torched By ‘Jeopardy’ Great Ken Jennings

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Mike Bloomberg might want to think twice about who his campaign name-drops in the future.

Jennings did not appreciate the name-check: 

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Florida woman pleads guilty to child neglect after 4-year-old died in hot SUV

A Florida woman accused of leaving her boyfriend’s son in a hot car pleaded guilty Monday to child neglect, court records show.

Mariah Butler, 28, was also facing an aggravated manslaughter charge in relation to the child’s death in 2018, but prosecutors dropped the charge after she agreed to the plea deal.

Logan Starling, 4, was found unconscious in the vehicle with an internal temperature of 108 degrees. He was later pronounced dead at a local area hospital.

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Butler allegedly drove Starling and four other kids to Elite Preparatory Academy in Orange County, Fla., on Sept 28, 2018, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

She left the children in the car to get a package from her mother, who was also in the parking lot of the private school, the outlet reported.

When Butler returned, she let the children out of the SUV and claimed Starling was part of the group. Video surveillance allegedly showed her walking into the school with only four kids, the Sentinel reported.

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Mariah Butler, 28, pleaded guilty Monday to child neglect. (Orange County Sheriff’s Office)

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More than six hours later, Butler went to check the vehicle after school employees wondered why Starling wasn’t there, the outlet said. When she returned, Butler was reportedly heard screaming for someone to call 911.

She was arrested six months later following an investigation.

During a September hearing, the outlet reported Butler as saying, “I love all my children” and “tried my hardest.”

The mother of Starling, 26-year-old Shelby Hester said, “I’m one that has to live without him now for the rest of my life,” according to the Sentinel.

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A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 24.

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California couple missing after traveling to Mexico to collect rent checks from tenants: reports

A couple based in southern California has been missing since last week after leaving for Mexico to collect rent checks from their tenants at properties they own in Tijuana, according to reports Tuesday.

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Jesus Ruben Lopez Guillen, 70, and his wife Maria Teresa Lopez, 65, left their home in Garden Grove, Calif., in Orange County in their pick-up truck Friday morning, Garden Grove Police Department Lt. Carl Whitney told Los Angeles’ KNBC-TV.  The couple was expected to return to California Friday afternoon. Their daughter reported them missing at about 7:10 p.m.

The daughter told authorities she was tracking her parents using the Find My Phone app. She said the app showed her parents were at one of their properties in Tijuana. Despite this, she said a relative told her over the phone that no one was at that location when the family member went to check on them.

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Maria Teresa Lopez, 65, and Jesus Ruben Lopez Guillen, 70, were reported missing by their daughter in Garden Grove, Calif. (Garden Grove Police Department)

The phone later stopped transmitting a signal. Police in Tijuana found the couple’s vehicle near the property, Whitney said. FBI and Mexican authorities have been notified about the search for the couple.

The couple planned to arrive in Tijuana and first go to the bank to take out cash in pesos, EN24 reported, citing Raul Gutierrez, a spokesman for the Baja California Prosecutor’s Office in Mexico.

The next stop was supposed to be the exchange house, where they were to change the money into U.S. dollars. The couple then planned to visit tenants in several houses in the Obrera neighborhood to collect rent in cash. Mexican authorities are still working to verify if the couple visited these locations, Gutierrez said.

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Garden Grove Police is asking anyone with information to call Detective Richard Desbiens at (714) 741-5810. The Baja California Prosecutor’s Office in Mexico also encourages those with knowledge of the couple’s whereabouts to call (664) 607-7332 and (664) 683-9646.

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Late Night Hosts Rip Dem Debate’s All-White Stage: Thought Oscars Was Next Month?

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Tuesday night’s Democratic debate gave late-night television comedians plenty to joke about — with all hosts calling out the all-white stage.

“People who turned on their TVs were like ’wait, I thought the Oscars were next month?” quipped “The Late Late Show” host James Corden.

“The only person happy about this was (teenage climate activist) Greta Thunberg because the stage was so white it reflected sunlight back into the atmosphere,” added Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show.”

Jimmy Kimmel, “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” also riffed on the lack of diversity among the line-up.

Check out Colbert’s take on the debate in Des Moines, Iowa, here:

Trevor Noah’s clip here:

And Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” here:

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Carlos Ghosn and the Roots of Nissan’s Decline

Carlos Ghosn was long one of the most admired executives in the auto industry.

He was hailed as a corporate savior when the French automaker Renault bought a stake in Nissan and dispatched him to Japan on a rescue mission. He built a thriving global alliance between the two companies, and for 12 years he led both simultaneously.

“Carlos Ghosn did some great things,” said Scott Smith, the owner of four Nissan franchises in Georgia. “He gave us a lot of good product. He was the Lee Iacocca of Europe.”

Mr. Ghosn’s career was abruptly halted 14 months ago with his arrest in Japan on charges of financial wrongdoing. After an audacious escape from custody and a surreptitious trek to Lebanon, he declared that he was determined to restore his personal reputation. But however his legal troubles play out, there are growing questions about another aspect of his reputation: whether he left Nissan in good shape.

Less than three years after Mr. Ghosn gave up the top job at Nissan, it has slipped into a deep slump. Revenue and profits are falling in markets around the world. Sales in the United States — its most crucial market after China — fell 11 percent in 2019, a staggering decline at a time when auto sales are at near-record levels.

Analysts and industry executives lay much of the blame for Nissan’s woes on Mr. Ghosn. Over his last eight years at the helm, he led an unrelenting push for growth, often at the expense of the bottom line. To satisfy his demands for higher sales and more market share, Nissan executives turned to questionable practices that alienated a critical constituency: the dealers who sell its cars.

“Almost nobody calls now and says, ‘I want to buy a Nissan franchise,’” said Alan Haig, president of Haig Partners, which advises buyers and sellers of auto dealerships. “Carlos pushed too hard. He had very ambitious goals, and he pushed his managers to achieve them. He created a temporary situation that looked good for a while, but it was artificial.”

In an interview last week in Beirut, Mr. Ghosn said Nissan was doing fine when he stepped aside as chief executive three years ago, and he blamed his successor, Hiroto Saikawa, for the company’s problems.

“I think he’s unfit to be C.E.O., particularly when he spent this time not taking responsibility for the situation in which the company was,” Mr. Ghosn said.

Travis Parman, a spokesman for Nissan’s North American division, declined to comment on Mr. Ghosn’s remarks, but acknowledged that a strategy of “volume at any cost” had sometimes driven “bad behavior” by the company.

Asked Tuesday to address whether flaws in Nissan’s United States strategy under Mr. Ghosn laid the groundwork for its recent troubles and alienated dealers, someone in contact with him said the former chief executive “strongly rejects” the premise.

Nissan’s Shifting Fortunes

Sales for Nissan’s two brands in the United States rose with the economic recovery, but failed to sustain their gains.

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Mr. Ghosn, who was educated in France, started his career at the French tire maker Michelin, becoming head of its North America operations. He moved to Renault in 1996 as executive vice president and helped lead a turnaround. His skill at improving profitability earned him the nickname “Le Cost Killer.”

When Renault bought its stake in 1999, Nissan was near collapse. Mr. Ghosn slashed thousands of jobs, drawing criticism in a country not accustomed to mass layoffs, but Nissan quickly returned to profitability. In 2005 he was named C.E.O. of Renault as well, becoming the first person to head two Fortune Global 500 companies at once. By then, Nissan was often more profitable than Renault, although the French company remained the senior partner in the alliance.

In 2011, as the industry was recovering from the deep recession of 2008 and 2009, Mr. Ghosn stood before hundreds of reporters in Yokohama and announced an ambitious plan for Nissan. Over the next eight years, he said, Nissan would raise its share of the global market to 8 percent, from 5.8 percent. He planned to do this by investing heavily in the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

The United States market, where the economic recovery promised several years of rising auto sales, had a special role. There, he promised, Nissan’s market share, including the Infiniti luxury brand, would rise to 10 percent by 2017.

To drive growth, Nissan introduced new models and aggressive incentives that imposed ambitious sales quotas and tough terms on dealers. The incentive scheme Nissan favored, known as a stair step, awards cash bonuses to dealers as opposed to the more familiar rebates given to buyers. But it was essentially an all-or-nothing deal: Dealers got substantial bonuses only if they hit sales goals.

“We made tremendous profit at the beginning,” said Mr. Smith, the Georgia dealer. “But as your target went up and up year after year, you reached a point where you can’t hit the target.”

Dealers often sold cars at fire-sale prices in the last days of the month to make it over the line. That irritated customers when they learned that a neighbor paid thousands of dollars less for the same car, some dealers said. Other dealers simply bought cars themselves, held them for a few months and then offered them as used cars.

By the middle of the decade, many dealers were losing money, despite the robust economy, and looked to sell their franchises. The owner of a dealership in Framingham, Mass., simply turned out the lights and walked away, unable to find a buyer. AutoNation, the country’s largest dealership group, had 21 Nissan franchises in 2014, and sold 10 of them by 2018, according to its annual reports.

“Nissan was convinced that stair steps were the way to go, and we did not agree with this strategy for our business,” said Marc Cannon, an AutoNation spokesman.

It didn’t help that Americans were gravitating strongly toward trucks and sport utility vehicles — which produce bigger profits — and away from sedans and compacts, which Nissan relies on for a large portion of sales.

With the deadline for Mr. Ghosn’s goal of 10 percent market share a few years away, Nissan’s United States executives increasingly took aim at smaller dealers, imposing ever more demanding terms to ramp up sales. Inside Nissan, the effort was known as “Grow or Go.”

The company also began favoring a few large dealers, quietly agreeing to provide funding to them that was not offered to others nearby. In Coral Gables, Fla., Bernie Moreno had a confidential agreement calling for Nissan to pay him $4.4 million over several years to fund an opulent Infiniti dealership, he said. Nissan also agreed to give him $6.5 million more for two new Nissan dealerships he opened near Cleveland.

Even with extra money from Nissan, Mr. Moreno eventually struggled. One month in 2018, Nissan raised the sales goal of his Infiniti store to 180 cars — about twice as many as it would naturally sell.

“It was an impossible number,” he said. The type of stair-step programs Nissan operated “were like heroin,” Mr. Moreno added. “They gave car companies an immediate boost in sales, but then they couldn’t get off it.”

In 2017, Mr. Ghosn’s final year as chief executive, Nissan sold 1.6 million cars and trucks in the United States, a 53 percent increase from 2011, and enough to give it 9.2 percent of the market, short of Mr. Ghosn’s target. But the incentives it was paying out were starting to eat into profits, and many of its remaining dealers were fed up with chasing higher sales year after year.

Nissan’s most recent earnings report revealed the depth of its troubles. While China has become Nissan’s biggest market, Mr. Ghosn’s push into emerging markets has become a costly flop amid economic turmoil in Brazil, India and Russia. In the United States, Nissan has been slow to introduce new models, leaving little to draw shoppers. When Mr. Ghosn’s successor, Mr. Saikawa, finally changed the company’s incentive strategy in 2018, sales slumped, and Nissan was left with a glut of unsold cars.

Without the old incentive scheme, Nissan dealers stopped offering bargain prices every month. “Customers had become trained to shop for the deal,” Mr. Smith said.

In the six-month period ending Sept. 30, Nissan’s operating income fell 85 percent from the same period a year before. In North America, profit declined 57 percent.

In September, Mr. Saikawa resigned after an internal investigation found that he had been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars more than he was owed. The head of Nissan’s China operations, Makoto Uchida, was named chief executive in October. He has vowed to focus on profits and installed a new management team in the United States.

For all Nissan’s troubles, Mr. Smith is determined to continue as a dealer. He said a turnaround would take time, but added, “I’m optimistic.”

Mr. Moreno, on the other hand, is giving up on selling cars, in large part because of his experience with Nissan. Over the past year, he has sold his two Nissan stores in Ohio and about a dozen dealerships of other brands. A deal to sell Infiniti of Coral Gables and a Buick GMC dealership in Ohio is expected to close in a few weeks, he said.

“Then I’ll be out of the auto business completely,” he said.

Ben Dooley contributed reporting.

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Late Night Hosts Rip Dem Debate’s All-White Stage: Thought Oscars Was Next Month?

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Tuesday night’s Democratic debate gave late-night television comedians plenty to joke about — with all hosts calling out the all-white stage.

“People who turned on their TVs were like ’wait, I thought the Oscars were next month?” quipped “The Late Late Show” host James Corden.

“The only person happy about this was (teenage climate activist) Greta Thunberg because the stage was so white it reflected sunlight back into the atmosphere,” added Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show.”

Jimmy Kimmel, “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” also riffed on the lack of diversity among the line-up.

Check out Colbert’s take on the debate in Des Moines, Iowa, here:

Trevor Noah’s clip here:

And Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” here:

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Late Night Hosts Rip Dem Debate’s All-White Stage: Thought Oscars Was Next Month?

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Tuesday night’s Democratic debate gave late-night television comedians plenty to joke about — with all hosts calling out the all-white stage.

“People who turned on their TVs were like ’wait, I thought the Oscars were next month?” quipped “The Late Late Show” host James Corden.

“The only person happy about this was (teenage climate activist) Greta Thunberg because the stage was so white it reflected sunlight back into the atmosphere,” added Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show.”

Jimmy Kimmel, “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” also riffed on the lack of diversity among the line-up.

Check out Colbert’s take on the debate in Des Moines, Iowa, here:

Trevor Noah’s clip here:

And Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” here:

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