Meet the Press host Chuck Todd said on Sunday that he did not have time to cover ethics complaints lodged against incoming cabinet nominees after he used the final minutes of his show to talk about President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets criticizing NBC reality show The Apprentice.
With about three minutes remaining in his weekly NBC show, Todd noted that Trump used Twitter to attack Apprentice host Arnold Schwarzenegger for the show’s lackluster ratings.
“Before viewers start yelling at me, ‘Oh, NBC has a conflict of interest,'” Todd began, “Okay, [The Apprentice is] on NBC entertainment. But clearly, Trump tweets about ratings and Arnold has a little fun with him… Arnold tweeted right back.”
“Donald Trump is an executive producer of this show!” the NBC host continued. “Why trash your own show?”
“This was the week when Donald Trump said, ‘I’m going to tweet when I want.’ His tweets this week felt like the September Donald Trump. It’s interesting.”
NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell attempted to steer the conversation into more substantial territory, but it was too late.
“The other piece that we haven’t talked about is the ethics issues that have not been addressed,” she pointed out. “We’re going to these hearings [on Tuesday].”
“We’re going to see a lot of them this week,” Todd said, closing the show. “But that’s all I have for today because it’s an important Sunday.”
But before the show ended, the NBC host found time to share his Green Bay Packers necktie with the audience.
“Big shout out to the viewer who sent this,” he said. “You will always get love from me.”
Watch the video below from NBC News, broadcast Jan. 8, 2017.
‘Martyrdom for snowflakes’: CNN analyst knocks Republicans who desperately wanted to be arrested at protest
CNN host Don Lemon reported Wednesday evening that many Republicans wanted to be arrested for storming the secure room where the House Intelligence Committee depositions were taking place.
Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted that he was told "there was never any chance [members] who barged into SCIF would be arrested by [capital police], but some members asked to be arrested. They wanted the optic of being frog-marched out of the SCIF in front of TV cameras. That would help w/GOP narrative of Dem process abuse."
Commentator Wajahat Ali called it the perfect example of "martyrdom for snowflakes."
Seth Meyers says Republicans storming classified room looked like a protest at a pharmacy that ran out of Viagra
"Late Night" comedian Seth Meyers couldn't help but lambast the far-right Republicans angry that they're not being included in the depositions ahead of the impeachment hearings.
Wednesday, Republicans stormed a secure room known as a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), because they seemed to misunderstand the difference between a deposition and a hearing. In Congressional hearings, witnesses will be presented for members of the committee to question. In a classified deposition, the witness can give information that is considered classified for security reasons. Oddly, some members who are allowed in the room were also protesting.
WATCH: CNN’s Don Lemon bursts out laughing over Trump’s new wall in Colorado
CNN's Don Lemon typically deals with difficult and intense topics at the top of his weekly show. Wednesday night, however, after a serious opener about Syria and ISIS, Lemon broke into hysterics over President Donald Trump's flub saying he would build a border wall on Colorado's border.
"You know why we're going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on our border. And they didn't have it," said Trump. "And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we're building a wall in Colorado. We're building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works — you can't get over, you can't get under. And we're building a wall in Texas. And we're not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana's incredible."