The last time I saw a reaction to a presidential election like this one?
The answer is never.
But then back when Richard Nixon was elected in 1968, there was only one working late night talk show comic and no Internet. In 2016, celebrities high and low have been reacting strongly and quotably to the election of Donald Trump just about everywhere -- in newspapers and on their websites, on magazine websites, on Twitter and Facebook and, of course, all over the late night talk shows (whose Wednesday shows were compelled to get a little serious. One has to wonder what David Letterman -- who could be shockingly thoughtful at traumatic moments -- would have said.)
Those in the fame business had a lot to say. Its a good time for me to get out of the way and quote some of the angriest, wittiest, most interesting, unusual, and thoughtful things I've encountered over the past few days.
James Corden, host of CBS' "Late, Late Show." "The good news now is that it's over now and everyone agrees with the outcome. (Audience laughter). People who voted for Trump are happy today, People who voted for Hillary are disappointed. But listen, no matter who you voted for, the important thing is you all got stickers....This is still the land of liberty. It put people on the moon. It's the Chicago Cubs, Michael Jordan. It's the land of tacos and, yes, tacos are Mexican but that doesn't mean they don't belong here....This country is about the people who live here. It's you. It's how you want to treat one another. It's the tone you set that will define who we are."
Jimmy Kimmel, ABC's late night talk show host. "In hindsight, I think the problem for Hillary was...she didn't have enough celebrities supporting her." (Audience laughter.)
Garrison Keillor, humorist and former host of the "Prairie Home Companion" in The Washington Post: "Mr. Trump is the cruelest candidate since George Wallace. How he won on fear and bile is for political pathologists to study. The country is already tired of his noise, even his own voters. He is likely to become the most intensely disliked president since Herbert Hoover...His supporters voted for change and boy are they going to get it."
Conan O'Brien, late night talk show host for WTBS: "Half the country is really happy. Half the country is somewhere between despondent and furious. ... I was struck by one thought today. We have been here before. We have had bitter, angry elections for 200 years, whether it was Jefferson vs. Burr, Adams vs. Jackson, Lincoln vs. Douglas, 'Alien' vs. 'Predator' (audience laughter as he says 'I threw that in. I'm trying to keep it light.') The point is this is our thing. OK? The optimist in me chooses to be happy that we have fair and free elections at all. I think it's an amazing thing. I really do in my heart. In the last couple of years, I've traveled to a bunch of countries --Cuba, Armenia, the Middle East--where people would give anything to have our system. In America, we get to pick who's going to ruin our country. (Laughter) It's up to us. We get to choose.
Patrick Hasburgh, Buffalo-raised creator of the TV show "Hardcastle and McCormick" on Facebook: "It has seemed to me more than once during this insane election that Trump is merely a beard -- and likely an unwitting one -- who is simply the cover to get Mike Pence into the oval office. .. It's almost too obvious of a plan but it sure explains the whole hands off Trump attitude of the GOP. Trump is a lot of things but for sure he's not close to being a Conservative Republican. And maybe he never will be."
Seth Meyers, of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and former head writer of "Saturday Night Live.". "I felt a lot of emotions last night and into today, some sadness, some anger, some fear. But I'm also aware that those are the same emotions some Trump supporters felt, emotions that led them to make their choice. And it would be wrong for me to think my emotions are more authentic than their emotions."
Michael Moore, filmmmaker, creator of film "Trump's America" on Twitter: "However this ends, that's where we begin."
Kirstie Alley, actress, on Twitter: "CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP."
John Legend, pop singer, on Twitter: " I feel like an American who just sent in our tuition check for Trump University."
Aaron Sorkin, TV writer, creator of "The West Wing," "Sports Night," and "The Newsroom" on Vanity Fair's website, in an open letter to his 15-year old daughter Roxy and his wife Julia: "What wouldn't we give to trade this small fraction of a man for Richard Nixon now? So what do we do? First of all, we remember that we are not alone: a hundred million people in America and a billion more around the world feel exactly the same as we do. Second, we get out of bed....We're not powerless and we're not voiceless...We get involved...We stand up. America didn't stop being America last night and we didn't stop being Americans. And here's the thing about Americans: our darkest days have always--always--been followed by our finest hours."
Stephen Colbert on CBS' "Late Night with Stephen Cobert: "I'm so glad to be with you because I would hate to be alone...This is what it feels like when America's made great again. I was wondering and I was hoping it would feel better because this sucks."
Rashida Jones, actress in "Parks and Recreation" in Twitter: "I just want to remind everyone that we are looking at a very close race with a presidential candidate who was endorsed by the KKK."
Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and co-star of "Shark Tank." on Twitter: "One Nation. Under God. Indivisible. With Liberty and Justice for All."
Katy Perry, pop singer, on Twitter: "The Revolution is coming."
Novelist Stephen King, on Twitter: "No more book recommendations or politics or amusing dog pictures for the immediate future. I'm shutting down."
Sarah Silverman, comedian, put up on Twitter a picture of Anne Frank and the most famous quote from "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl": "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."