Late night television is as ideologically diverse as a Daily Kos convention.
Show after show after show hammers the Right, ignores the Left and, in the case of Seth Meyers, actively hides reality if it hurts the progressive cause.
So why won’t at least one network or streaming service open the format up to a right-leaning host? It makes sense on paper.
Literally half the country lacks a late night show that speaks to them. Why not give it a try?
Doesn’t it make more sense that greenlighting another far-left show?
Consider Fox News. The 24-7 news channel crushes the competition night after night, year after year. It’s the one major news network that gives conservatives a fair shake. It’s a numbingly simple formula, and it’s worked for decades.
Why not try that model in the late night arena? Michael Loftus has the unsettling answer.
Loftus, a conservative stand up and scribe behind shows like “Anger Management” and “Kevin Can Wait,” shared it this week with podcaster Andrew Klavan.
The comedian told The Daily Wire host about an “even-handed” talk show he pitched around Hollywood recently. It wasn’t a far-right affair, but it actively tweaked hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle. He figured in the age of “Roseanne,” a reboot that spoke to Red and Blue State America, a similar talker might thrive.
He pitched the concept alongside a famous colleague he preferred not to mention due to Hollywood’s political groupthink.
Guess what happened next? According to Loftus, the suits in question loved the concept but couldn’t bite.
“Repeatedly, these network executives would say, ‘That’s a really funny show. We love it. That would do great. We can’t put it on the air because it would look like we were friendly to the right,'” Loftus told Klavan.
“They would openly say this,” Loftus continues. “That’s what was so shocking to me about it. You always hear it was kind of hush, hush, they’ll just kind of pass [on a right-leaning project or talent]. They’ll come up with an excuse,” he says.
Who turned down Loftus’ late night show pitch? He says “network people, syndication people and a streaming service. And the streaming service was the one that was very up front about it.”
The revelation forced him to change his career plans.
“Well, we’re not going to be allowed to participate in television. They’re just gonna keep these doors shut,” Loftus says. It’s why he joined “The Deplorables” comedy tour a few months back.
Now, he’s back on the road with a new right-leaning lineup. The Loftus Party Live Show, featuring comedians Reno Collier and Brian Haner, is coming to a city near you.
Meanwhile, late night television will continue with its glaringly lack of ideological diversity.