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Late Night Occurs First Day of Impeachment Hearings

Here's how CBS's Stephen Colbert launched The Late Show on Wednesday night, before delving into the biggest story of the day: President Trump's first public impeachment hearing.

"This is what we have been praying for since the beginning of the Trump presidency: until the end of the Trump presidency," Colbert said during his opening monologue.

Then Colbert told his audience, "today's live testimony was as dramatic as historical."

"This was the highest rating hit on C-SPAN 3 by Drunk History starring Brett Cavanaugh," Colbert joked.

Colbert explained that the star witness is the best American diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, who the host likens to "a grandfather who tells you (whips) to break a horse game."

Testimonies from Taylor provide new details about President Trump's personal involvement in Ukraine's quest to launch investigations into its political rivals. Colbert said Taylor's testimony Wednesday offered information that was "like having a picture of Nixon slip into Watergate."

Colbert is not the only late-night host to have anything to say about the impeachment hearings. ABC's Jimmy Kimmel was also happy to talk about the hearings, but he was celebrating for a different reason today.

"Thank you for joining us on one of the most historic and important dates in the history of the United States, my birthday," said Kimmel, who turned 52 on Wednesday in front of his audience.

Kimmel said, that his birthday wasn't a big deal for him, but he "got exactly what I wanted this year" thanks to the hearings.

"It's a stressful day for the president," Kimmel said. The White House, they had to give up their limit on two chicken sandwiches per person today. "

As for Seth M Ayers, NBC's Late Night host, spent nearly 1

3 minutes talking about the hearings in his closer look segment.

"Today was a historic day. It was only the fourth time in American history that Congress began publicly impeachment proceedings against a stuck president and this is not the club you want to be inside, "Myers said." There are two presidents who are actually caught, and the third, Richard Nixon, who was so desperate to avoid it, left first. "

Then, Myers showed Nixon's famous photo, co it leaves the presidential helicopter.

"If this was Trump, the Secret Service would have to tie it with a helicopter to its feet and blow it up," he said.

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