-I also quickly want to mention
your best-selling book. -Yes! Thank you.
-It’s some poems. -It’s called “Dumpty.” And… -And Look at this —
New York Times Best Seller. -Best Seller. That’s what I’m
talking about, baby! ♪♪
[ Cheers and applause ] -Whoa! -It’s really —
It’s a great book. It’s very funny. And you also do all
the illustrations yourself. -That’s right, including
the nice portrait of our man. -Yeah. What made you want to
write this book? -You know, it was
the last thing I wanted to do. I performed a parody of
a Gilbert and Sullivan song in a New York
Public Theater gala, rewriting all the lyrics. Instead of “I am the very model
of a modern major general,” I made it
“ex-lieutenant general” and did it in the character of
Michael T. Flynn. And it absolutely kills.
-Yes. -And I thought, “Wait a minute.”
-There’s something here. -“There’s something in this.” It’s much easier to make a
punch line work if it rhymes. -Yeah. That’s good.
-There you are. Best-selling poet. Who ever dreamed?
-Right? A best-selling poet.
This is it. And I like your
introduction, too, ’cause you were saying like, “Look, if you’re a fan of this
guy, just read on.” -Yeah. Right. -Yeah, it’s just — The way you
do it is very graceful. And then the first poem is
“Trumpty Dumpty.” “Trumpty Dumpty wanted a wall. To stir up a
rabid, political brawl.” It’s unbelievable. “Trumpty Dumpty kept insisting. More and more citizens
started resisting. Sadly, there won’t be an
to end this tale. At least until
reasonable people prevail.” It was very —
[ Cheers and applause ] Good for you. -Well, you know,
it became a history book as soon as I finished
the last poem, because events move so fast. It’s all about people who have
long, long since left the scene. They’ve all been
fired or stormed off. -Yeah. -Who remembers Tom Price and
Harold Bornstein? -Yeah. It’s interesting, right?
-Yeah. -It’s all changing so fast. I do want to show a clip, ’cause I want everyone to see
a clip from “Bombshell.” This is the movie that
John is in, but you won’t recognize him,
because he’s just amazing. Anyway, here’s John Lithgow
in “Bombshell.” Take a look at this. -The accusations against
Roger Ailes… -I have never run a god[bleep]
Dairy Queen. You don’t get to go
and get whatever you want. Everybody on my shows knows
the meaning of decency. And I do mean everybody. A TV outfit needs
tough, confident women. Do I push them?
You bet your ass I do! But have I ever demanded
sex during a casting session? I defy you to find any evidence
that a single part of what these women
are saying is true. Get ready. More will come. We need to let Rupert know
what it means if I lose. Gretchen Carlson
can kill Fox News. This is a fight for your jobs. If I go, you go! -Yes! That is how you do it! That is how you do it!
John Lithgow, everybody!