Vanity Fair Image Claiming Late-Night Television Is ‘Better Than Ever’ Proves Why It’s Not

When watching late-night television these days, a lot of things are different. There are a lot of new faces, new shows, new line-ups, but one thing seems to remain the same.

Vanity Fair just released a new article stating “Why Late-Night Television Is Better than Ever.” However, is it? Is it really?

Let’s play the game of “What’s wrong with this picture?”

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Yeah, so, there aren’t ANY women. Not one. And to be honest, there are more white men named James than black hosts.

Don’t fret, though, women got a shout out at the end of the Vanity Fair piece, when it says:

“What’s conspicuously missing from late-night, still, is women. How gobsmackingly insane is it that no TV network has had the common sense—and that’s all we’re talking about in 2015, not courage, bravery, or even decency—to hand over the reins of an existing late-night comedy program to a female person?”

That’s great, but the author himself titled the piece, “Why Late-Night Television Is Better than Ever,” so it seems he’s actually fine and dandy with no women at the helm of any of these shows. In fact, he believes it’s “better than ever.”

It is mentioned that Samantha Bee will be getting a show on TBS, Chelsea Handler will begin her new show on Netflix, and Amy Schumer turned down The Daily Show, but let’s be real, when it comes to mainstream network hosting spots, it’s still all white, heterosexual men (the two black men in that photo are on cable).

For how “liberal” everyone says Hollywood is, it would seem not everyone in television has gotten the memo.

Not only have all the major hosting spots gone to men, but it’s pretty much all the writing staff as well. Looking at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, not only are all the writers white, but 17 are men, with only two women. And this isn’t an uncommon phenomenon around Hollywood, sure there are female writers on these show, but they are far and few between. And it’s not for the lack of funny female writers.

Now, not to belittle the talent of the men who are hosting these shows. They are all extremely funny, and have worked very hard to get where they have gotten. However, when looking at that Vanity Fair headline with the complimenting image, one can’t help but notice this actually ‘isn’t’ the best time in late night ever. Not by a long shot.

Featured image via flash.pro (flickr)