Netflix Viewers Can Skip Trump Jokes in New Seth Meyers SpecialNovember 4, 2019
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Trump Trigger Warning? Netflix Will Let Viewers Skip Jokes About the President in New Seth Meyers Special
“Late Night” host’s debut Netflix special will let viewers skip Trump jokes like they skip show introductions
If you’re tired of hearing about President Trump — or tired of hearing jokes made at his expense — Netflix and Seth Meyers have a solution for you. The “Late Night” host’s first Netflix special, “Lobby Baby,” will feature a new button that lets viewers skip past the Trump jokes, Meyers told CNN on Monday morning.
The button will resemble the “skip intro” button Netflix made famous.
“It dawned on me that because it was on Netflix, there would be this opportunity to put in technology that would allow people to skip it,” Meyers told CNN. “It was a way to build in the response to anyone who would say, ‘Oh, let me guess there’s going to be jokes about the President.’”
Meyers’ new special is set to hit Netflix on Tuesday. A Netflix spokesperson told TheWrap the button was made at Meyers’ request and that it does not plan on including the button on any upcoming comedy specials.
Despite requesting the feature, Meyers told CNN he doesn’t anticipate many viewers will skip the Trump jokes.
“I think, look, sometimes at a fancy restaurant they’ll put parsley on your plate and you’ll think, well, that’s a nice touch, but you’re not going to eat the parsley,” Meyers said.
Like several other late-night hosts, Meyers has been a frequent critic of the president. That strategy has paid off; Meyers’ “A Closer Look” segment, which often touches on the latest news surrounding President Trump, rakes in millions of views for his YouTube channel. The segment, in its first 24 hours on YouTube, routinely tops the nightly viewership the show gets on NBC.
Jennifer Maas contributed to this report.