Letterman gets Weather Channel expert Jim Cantore as a last-minute replacement for the 'Bride Wars' actress, while shock jock Stern claims he 'was begging Jimmy to cancel the show!' post-the storm.
The show must go on although Hurricane Sandy has wreaked havoc on some parts of New York City. On Tuesday night, October 30, "Late Show with David Letterman" went on air although it was audience-free again, while "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" was back on air and scored audience.
Kate Hudson, who was scheduled as a guest on the CBS program that night, was a no-show. "Oh, it had nothing to do with the hurricane, it's just me," David Letterman joked on the actress' absence. As a replacement, he got Weather Channel expert Jim Cantore joining him in the Ed Sullivan Theater. Another guest, singer Andrew Bird, made it to the show.
Elsewhere, Jimmy Kimmel resumed the taping of his late-night talk show after it canceled its Monday Brooklyn show. "I stayed in my hotel room, I drank all the little bottles of shampoo and I passed out," he jokingly said of what he was doing during the night off.
"I was born in Bay Ridge. I grew up in Mill Basin. Tonight, I have returned to save my people from the storm," he said in his monologue. He then told people who sat on the audience seats, "Thank you for ignoring the local authorities to be here tonight for our first show...Mayor Bloomberg will be here shortly to have you arrested."
Kimmel welcomed Howard Stern and Tracy Morgan as his guests. "America's Got Talent" judge Stern quipped, "I was begging Jimmy to cancel the show! I'm driving along and I'm trying to get here, and I thought, 'Why am I really trying to be here tonight?' "
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" also scored audience after the show taped audience-free the night before. "First off, thanks to our great audience for making it out to the show tonight. I'm so glad you're here, because last night's audience was the worst," Jimmy Fallon opened his monologue.
"Last night we had to do the show in front of a bunch of empty seats - or as Clint Eastwood calls that, a full house," he went on cracking jokes. "I realized how much I missed the sound of laughter and applause. I haven't heard that much silence since Kim Kardashian was asked to say something off camera."
Meanwhile, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" once again canceled their tapings scheduled on Tuesday night.