How Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien Tackled Brangelina Divorce News on Late Night Shows

Beatrice Verhoeven

News that Angelina Jolie was divorcing her husband Brad Pitt shook the world on Tuesday, and late-night TV hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and Trevor Noah weren’t immune.

“I’m taking this news especially hard because I named my daughter Brangelina,” joked Corden on “The Late Late Show. “It feels like a mistake now. I don’t know what to do!”

“Apparently the reason they’re getting divorced is she talked about fight club, and [Pitt] specifically asked her not to do that,” said Kimmel on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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Jolie filed for divorce on Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing “irreconcilable differences,” according to papers obtained by TheWrap.

See late-night host reactions below.

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Jimmy Kimmel

“There are a lot of important and life-threatening and world-changing things going on lately — sometimes it seems like more than ever. But none of them are as foundation-shaking as the news we received about Brad and Angelina today,” the comedian joked during his opening monologue on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“As I’m sure you’ve heard, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, and of course all the celebrity gossip magazines are claiming victory. You know, they broke this story. They broke this story every week for the last 11 years over and over and over again — until finally, it came true.”

Showing various tabloid covers, he also added that the Brangelina divorce is “great news” for Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift, “who now don’t have to be on those covers anymore.”

He added, “Apparently the reason they’re getting divorced is she talked about Fight Club, and [Pitt] specifically asked her not to do that.”

Jimmy Fallon

Fallon’s tribute to the marriage of Pitt and Jolie was brief, but effective.

“Here’s what everyone is talking about — it’s kind of sad news: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are separating,” he said on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.” “It’s pretty scary when even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are like, ‘Eh, I could do better.'”

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Conan O’Brien

O’Brien kept the coverage of the divorce to a minimum on his show, “Conan,” simply stating, “They’ll share custody 50-50: He’ll take 50 kids, she’ll take the other 50.”

James Corden

Corden addressed Donald Trump Jr.’s controversial tweet in which he compared Skittles to Syrian refugees, but that was apparently not the most “troubling news story.”

“It came out that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are filing for divorce and will end their relationship of 12 years. I’m taking this news especially hard because I named my daughter Brangelina. It feels like a mistake now,” Corden said on ‘The Late Late Show.’ “I don’t know what to do! Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift called it quits, now Brad and Angelina are breaking up. I’d make a joke, but honestly, I’m too worried about what this means for me and Justin Bieber!

“Angelina filed for custody of their six children, and when Brad heard that, he was like, ‘We have six children? It seems like way more.’ But this breakup couldn’t come at a worse time. In the face of a Donald Trump presidency — Brad and Angelina’s marriage was the last hope for immigrants to be welcomed into this country.”

Trevor Noah

“I can’t believe Angelina is leaving Brad,” Noah said on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” “So no more Brangelina? Is this a Brexit? Is that what this is, a Bradsit? Angeleavya? What is this? But seriously, you think you guys are devastated? Think about how Africans are feeling right now. These two were our only way out. How do you think I got here?”

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Chelsea Handler

Handler took a different approach and thanked the divorce in her sign-off.

“This episode was also brought to you by Brad and Angelina’s divorce,” she said. “Brad and Angelina always said they wouldn’t get married until everyone could get married, and I always said I wouldn’t get married until they got divorced. So, I am officially accepting proposals.”

Stephen Colbert

Colbert told viewers of his “Late Show” that he hoped they were with “a loved one tonight” because of some terrible news he had to share.

“That’s right, no more Brangelina,” he said. “They’re just going to be ‘Gelina’ and ‘Bran’ now.” Cause of divorce? “Irreconcilable attractiveness,” he added.

Seth Meyers



On NBC’s “Late Night,” Meyers quoted the “Friends” song in his announcement of the Brangelina divorce.

“So no one told you life was going to be this way,” he sang, while flashing a picture of Pitt’s ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston.

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