Despite President Donald Trump’s best efforts to block the publication of explosive new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, pretty much the entire world has been talking about the revelations in the nonfiction release this week—including Jimmy Kimmel.

On Thursday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the comedian roasted Trump for giving the book even more publicity by threatening to sue publisher Henry Holt and Co. through his lawyers. The publisher responded by moving forward its publication date from January 9 to Friday.

“If you don’t want people to read a book about you, why would you take legal action to stop people from reading the book about you?” Kimmel questioned, echoing the notion of the Streisand effect. “Threatening the writer with legal action is literally the dumbest move you can make if you want to keep it on the down-low.”

The comedian added: “I wasn’t going to buy the book. I was going to read excerpts in magazines and move on. But now Trump’s lawyers are going all-out to try and stop it from being published, I’m buying 20 copies. I can’t buy enough of this book—I’ll buy it for my parents, my in-laws, my cousins, I’m going to walk up and down block stuffing books into my neighbors’ mailboxes.”

Extracts from Fire and Fury have been published this week by New York magazine, The Guardian and GQ and paint a bleak picture of Trump’s year-long presidency, including claims that he never wanted to be president.

But one shocking excerpt about Trump’s personal behavior caught Kimmel’s attention.

Kimmel read an extract in which Wolff detailed how the president reportedly enjoys seducing his friends’ wives by persuading “the wife that her husband was perhaps not what she thought.”


“Then he’d have his secretary ask the friend into his office; once the friend arrived, Trump would engage in what was, for him, more or less constant sexual banter. Do you still like having sex with your wife? How often? You must have had a better fuck than your wife? Tell me about it. I have girls coming in from Los Angeles at three o’clock. We can go upstairs and have a great time. I promise.… And all the while, Trump would have his friend’s wife on the speakerphone, listening in,” Wolff continues.

Kimmel joked that it “was like Fifty Shades of Orange or something” and added: “No wonder his only friends are Fox & Friends. Who does that to his friends?”

Trump slammed Wolff, who claims he had access to the White House and conducted 200 interviews for his book, in a fiery missive on Twitter Friday. He denied Wolff was granted any access to the White House and said his book is “full of lies.”


But, said Kimmel, if Wolff’s claims he was given White House access are true, “Why did these idiots let him in the White House in the first place? That alone indicates poor decision-making.”

A very valid question considering Wolff’s book pretty much tears Trump’s presidency a new one.