Watch: Santorum Exits Campaign, Enters Late-Night Monologues

by | April 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM | Late Night, TV News

You might have expected the late-night shows to make more hay out of Republican Rick Santorum’s decision to drop out of the race for President on Tuesday.

But, while they all included a Santorum joke or two in their monologues, most of ‘em quickly moved on from that particular news story.

One exception was Jimmy Kimmel. On Tuesday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC, he stayed on the subject longer than the other late-night hosts.

In our clip from Jimmy’s show, above, he brought back the recurring fictional character — Rick Santorum’s “brother,” “L. Brent Santorum” — to discuss the end of the Santorum campaign. Incidentally, the name “L. Brent” seems purposely chosen. It reflects the real name of one of the nation’s most conservative media watchdogs, writer and op-ed columnist L. Brent Bozell.

We liked Jimmy’s one joke about Santorum too. “It was a great day for Mitt Romney,” Jimmy said. “His chief rival, Rick Santorum, ended his bid for the presidency today. He suspended his campaign and conceded the race. So now that’s Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman and now Rick Santorum. It’s going to be great next season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ I’ll tell you that!”

Of the late-night monologues we analyzed on Wednesday morning, we also really liked the joke Conan O’Brien got off at Santorum’s expense on his TBS show, “Conan.”

“This is big, you all heard this,” Conan said in his monologue. “Rick Santorum has dropped out of the presidential race. Yeah, Santorum said he didn’t want to try for a come-from-behind win because it sounded too gay!”

Watch Conan’s Tuesday monologue right here:

On NBC’s “Late Night,” Jimmy Fallon’s sole monologue joke about Santorum went like this: “So some major election news, you guys. Today in Gettysburg, Pa., Rick Santorum officially dropped out of the republican race. Yep, Gettysburg was a great choice because, you know, he should have dropped out four score and seven years ago!”

Jay Leno had at least two jokes that we noted in his “Tonight Show” monologue Tuesday night. One was: “Many Republicans didn’t feel that Santorum could win the general election,” Leno said, “and that coming out against birth control lost him the female vote and coming out against Internet porn lost him the male vote!”

Watch Jay’s Tuesday monologue:

Jay also discussed the Santorum resignation — much less comedically of course — with one of his guests on Tuesday’s “Tonight Show,” liberal firebrand Rachel Maddow of MSNBC.

Here’s what Rachel had to say about Santorum on “The Tonight Show”:
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