Hawaii's false missile alert takes center stage on late-night TV

Hawaii's false missile alert takes center stage on late-night TV

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's false missile alert scare on Saturday was certainly no joke at the time – but it's now become the center of late-night television.

In "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," Kimmel joked about the long wait time between when the alert first came out and when officials confirmed it was a false alarm.

"For 38 minutes, people were seeking immediate shelter, which in Hawaii, what does that even mean? Everybody get under a mai tai umbrella?"

Then he went on to talk about how it reflects Hawaii's laid-back culture.

"The fact that it took them 38 minutes to get around to telling people there was a ballistic missile on the way is very Hawaii. It's about as Hawaii as it gets."

Stephen Colbert, in "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," also thought the fact that U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard notified the public about the false alarm through social media was curious.

"Within minutes after the initial panic, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard tweeted, debunking the threat, marking the first time in history Twitter was used to calm people down," he joked.

And through the entire debacle on Saturday, many have criticized President Donald Trump being noticeably silent.

"This was made for him. It's literally 'fake news.'"

Jimmy Fallon noted the same thing in his show, "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

"Actually Trump was pretty worried when he heard Hawaii might be in danger. He said 'Oh my God, is Moana OK?'"

Colbert also questioned why the employee who accidentally sent off the alert would be reassigned in the first place.

"No, you keep him in that job. He's the one person on the planet who will never, ever make that mistake again. He knows."

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