In response to Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, several late night talk show hosts shared their takes on the unexpected results and what was in store for America in the coming months.
Conan O'Brien came out Wednesday night with a monologue aimed at helping America heal, and delivered some truly amazing perspective on this year's election results.
"For years I’ve come out every night and asked how you’re doing, but I’ve never meant it," O'Brien said. "Tonight I actually mean it. Does anyone need a hug?'"
O'Brien, who admitted that his job "just got easier for the next four years," went on to explain the vitriolic nature of this year's election through the lens of history.
"We have been here before. We have had bitter angry elections for 200 years," O'Brien explained. "This is our thing. And the optimist in me chooses, today, to be happy that we have fair and free elections at all. I think it’s an amazing thing."
"In the last couple of years I’ve travelled to a bunch of countries -- Cuba, Armenia, the Middle East. In America, we get to pick who’s going to ruin our country… and it's a privilege," he continued.
O'Brien went on to say that no matter how you feel about the results of the election, "everyone should feel grateful that we get to vote and if we don’t get our way, we have the chance to try again."
"Winston Churchill once said, 'Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried,'" O'Brien added.
Seth Meyers also addressed the divisive election in a deeply emotional and very funny commentary on Wednesday's Late Night, fighting back tears while imploring the nation's women to not give up on the dream of becoming America's first female president.
"I do really feel for the parents who had to explain this to their kids tomorrow, especially parents with daughters, because a lot of them, like me, probably thought Hillary would be our first woman president, but she won't be," said Meyers, who shares an 8-month-old son with his wife, Alexi Ashe. "But that does mean that someone's daughter is out there right now who will, one day, have that title."
"Maybe you're a woman who's currently a senator, maybe you're still in college, hopefully you're not a toddler, but who knows? With the way things went last night, who knows?" he continued. "The fact is, we don't know who you are, but I imagine this moment today will be a defining one for you. One that will make you work harder and strive farther, and whoever you are, I hope I live to see your inauguration."
Meyers got even more emotional when discussing him mom, Hilary, who he said was very excited at the chance to see Clinton win, expressing how sad he was for her when it didn't happen.
"[There's] good news to our first woman president, whoever you are, wherever you are. You can still be the first woman president, and first is so much better than second," Meyers said. "That is the difference between George Washington and John Adams: You either end up on money or Paul Giamatti plays you in a movie."
Jimmy Fallon also took a moment after his election-themed monologue on Wednesday's Tonight Show to share a message about the importance of humor and comedy during emotionally trying times.
"I know today has been a crazy day, some people are sad, some people are scared and nervous, some people are happy. I think most people are just exhausted," Fallon explained. "But, as President Obama said, no matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning."
"This morning I was walking around New York City and this guy came up to me and he said, 'Hey we're gonna need some laughs tonight,' and that's what we do," he continued. "My job is to come out here every night and try to make you laugh and take your mind off of things for a while."
Fallon went on to promise his viewers, that "no matter how you're feeling, you can turn on the Tonight Show and we'll be here to spread some joy and put a smile on your face."
"We'll be here for you if you need us, and I'm so thankful that you're there for us too," he shared.
James Corden delivered a lighthearted monologue on Wednesday's Late Late Show, but got more emotional when discussing his own family's move from England to America.
"It was almost two years ago to the day when me and my wife told my son that we would be moving to America. And he looked at us and said, 'Daddy that's great,'" Corden shared. "He was three and a half, but somehow he knew intrinsically this is a fantastic place to live."
"America represents so much to us and to the rest of the world," he continued. "It's a country of opportunity and diversity and hope, and that will never change. It's the land of liberty. It put people on the moon… It's the land of tacos! And yes, tacos are Mexican, but that doesn't mean they don’t belong here."
"Now is the time, more than ever, to remember our values," Corden added. "This country isn't about one election result. This country is about the people who live here. It's about you. It's how you treat one another. It's the tone you set that will define who we are."