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Without Trump and Live Audiences, Late-Night Talk Shows Refreshed Their Formats

Jacqueline Cutler As everyone figured out the pandemic pivot of last year’s television season, talk shows had to contend with the loss of two mainstays: live audiences and President Trump.“You still talk about [Trump] because there is going to be a long tail of the effect on the country, as we look at January 6 and more,” says Seth Meyers of NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” “His many enterprises are reasons to still talk about him. But it is a relief he doesn’t have the most important job in the world.”For the record, talk shows hosts still miss live audiences.

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