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Thanks to ‘Late Night,’ David Letterman can finally beat Jimmy Fallon at his own game

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NBC/Associated Press For the second night in a row, the cold open of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” offered Jimmy Fallon instead of David Letterman on the couch.

The early part of Letterman’s late-night run from 1982 to 1999 was punctuated by his nightly battle with Jay Leno. But Friday night, after Leno left the 11:35 p.m. time slot in favor of Jimmy Kimmel, Fallon got the chance to beat him.

For the second night in a row, Letterman had been replaced by Meyers’ cold open.

In the latest “Late Night” cold open, to laughter from the guest and cast, Meyers revisited his Tonight Show open of last week, using a “Texas BBQ Trip to New York” bit as a setup to berate President Trump and his surrogates for resisting calls to release the transcript of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to Congress.

The cold open started out with Meyers playing Trump, at an Alabama rally, now backed by the likes of Piers Morgan and Kirsten Gillibrand. He invited two actual Texas barbecue vendors to pitch him on four types of brisket to try. James Comey shows up with his groggy face.

“As you know, my first test for filling in for David Letterman is actually a great national test. What do people think?” Meyers asked. “Dude, if you don’t want to be a lame late-night host, you better understand what’s important in this country.”

Then Meyers questioned why Trump and his team keep dodging the question of why Comey said certain things in his testimony.

“I’m thinking… Blame James Comey! He could still be a spy! He could be pulling strings!”

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