The importance of this image cannot be overstated. Finally, thanks to VF, we have all the proof we need to shut down anyone who who complains about a "lack" of diversity on late night. Let's break it down:
- Stephen Colbert is wearing plaid . Larry Wilmore is also wearing plaid, but it's a subtle plaid . There's a place for every plaid on late night.
- Jimmy Kimmel is holding a clear beverage , while the other hosts hold dark beverages. Stephen Colbert is holding a bottle of whiskey . Jimmy Fallon is holding nothing, or possibly an invisible drink . James Corden is sipping a juicebox . You see, you can drink whatever you like on late night—although probably not on air, unless it's the juicebox.
- Conan O'Brien and Stephen Colbert have diagonal stripes on their ties [7, 8], but the stripes are angled in opposite directions. It just goes to show you: there's plenty of room for different perspectives on late-night TV.
- Larry Wilmore has a lapel pin . The number of people in this photo besides Larry Wilmore who have a lapel pin is zero.
- James Corden has a pocket square , which matches his checkered tie . The number of people in this photo besides James Corden who have pocket squares or checkered ties is zero. Makes you think.
- John Oliver and James Corden are British. Trevor Noah was born in South Africa, which is like Britain in that it is a place that is not America. On late-night television, we acknowledge the existence of all sorts of places that are not America.
- Conan O'Brien is tall . Like, super-tall. But on late-night television, we've developed cameras capable of filming just about anyone, regardless of their height.
- John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, and Stephen Colbert are wearing eyeglasses [13, 14, 15]. The other hosts have perfect vision, or possibly contacts. Regardless, on late-night TV, all hosts are welcome to read the cue cards by any means they like.
- Larry Wilmore is bald ; James Corden has a beard . On late-night TV, we believe that the distribution of hair on the human head is a beautiful spectrum.
- Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert are sitting on stools [18, 19]. Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah are sitting on chairs [20, 21, 22]. Everybody else? They're not sitting at all. It's fun to imagine how Johnny Carson, Jack Paar, or Steven Allen would have reacted to this rampant display of individuality.
- Bill Maher wears a royal blue tie . What?! Trevor Noah wears a pale blue tie , which matches his pale blue shirt . Again: what?!
- Almost all of these men are wearing what appear to be the same pair of black shoes, except Bill Maher, who is hiding his brown shoes in the back . You don't need to hide your brown shoes anymore, Bill Maher. Not on late night.
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Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.