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Considering the rate at which leaks are coming out of the White House, Jimmy Fallon said that Bob Woodward shouldn’t expect his book to be news for long.CreditCreditNBC

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Best-seller for a Day?

Jimmy Fallon said he was excited about the release of Bob Woodward’s new White House tell-all — but he doesn’t expect the feeling to last long.

Fallon reminded viewers that the book arrived hot on the heels of similar accounts written by the journalist Michael Wolff and the former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, and he said that more such books are likely to follow.

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“Bob Woodward’s book ‘Fear: Trump in the White House’ hit stores today. It’s expected to be a No. 1 best-seller, until another tell-all book about Trump comes out tomorrow.” — JIMMY FALLON

“The book is already at the top of the best-seller list for Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Yeah, it’s been purchased almost a million times on Amazon — and twice at Barnes & Noble.” — JIMMY FALLON

“At one store in Washington, people were lined up to buy the book at midnight. It was awkward when Trump drove by, looked out the window, and was like, ‘Melania?’” — JIMMY FALLON

More Op-Ed Fallout

The White House continues to reel from an Op-Ed article published in The New York Times last week by an anonymous member of the Trump administration. Seth Meyers caught his viewers up on the latest.

“Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday that the White House is not considering conducting lie-detector tests to uncover the author of the anonymous Op-Ed published in The New York Times. Because putting a lie detector in the White House would be like putting a smoke detector in Willie Nelson’s dressing room.” — SETH MEYERS

“According to a new CNN poll, most Americans want the anonymous writer of the New York Times Op-Ed criticizing President Trump to identify themselves. Said the anonymous source, ‘I can’t! I’m his wife.’” — SETH MEYERS

Colbert Challenges Alex Trebek to a Beard-Off

On his return last week from a two-week vacation, Stephen Colbert revealed that he’d grown a beard over Labor Day. Then, this past weekend, the “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek unveiled a new beard of his own. That got under Colbert’s skin.

“He’s just sporting a cheap Canadian knockoff of the Colbeard!” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“Alex Trebek: Who is — trying to steal my new look?” — STEPHEN COLBERT, turning Trebek into a “Jeopardy!” clue

“I have not been this angry at a game-show host since Bob Barker tried to have me spayed or neutered.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“There cannot be two Colbeards — there can barely be one! I’m still hoping this side fills in before Christmas.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

So Colbert challenged Trebek to a trivia competition on “The Late Show” to determine who got beard bragging rights.

“There’s only one way to settle this, Alex Trebek: You and me, on my show, trivia face-off — loser shaves.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

Trebek revealed the beard to his fans in a video, saying: “I decided to regrow my mustache, but things got a little out of hand — these hairs kept attracting friends.” Colbert turned that around on him.

“Very cute — although it’s a little mean to brag about attracting friends in front of ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

‘Tonight Show’ Cancels Norm Macdonald Interview

Norm Macdonald hosting an awards show in Canada in 2016. Mr. Macdonald has a Netflix talk show debuting on Friday.CreditPeter Power/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press

Norm Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, was scheduled to appear on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday to discuss his new Netflix special. But hours before the show ran, NBC canceled Macdonald’s appearance after he made comments defending Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr.

Louis C.K., who wrote the foreword for Macdonald’s 2016 book, was accused of sexual misconduct by five women; Barr was fired in May by ABC after sending a racist tweet.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Tuesday, Macdonald said he thought entertainers accused of wrongdoing deserved more “forgiveness” and lamented seeing “all their work in their entire life being wiped out in a single day, a moment.”

The Punchiest Punchlines (Slim Jim Edition)

“In meat-related news, a man bought a Slim Jim for his dog and a lottery ticket, and won $10 million. Now that he’s rich, he can use that money to pay doctors to resuscitate the dog.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“Donald Trump always knows how to say the right thing on 9/11. In 2013, he tweeted — I don’t know if you remember this — ‘I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.’ Weirdly, that’s one of the nicest things he ever tweeted.” — JIMMY KIMMEL, reacting to Trump’s rather enthusiastic tweet on Tuesday commemorating the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks

The Bits Worth Watching

Seth Meyers is so not down with the youth.

At a speech in Chicago on behalf of Democratic candidates, former President Barack Obama deployed a signature move of public speaking — the long pause. The former president paused for a combined total of five minutes. Don’t believe it? Let “The Late Show” prove it to you.

What We’re Excited About on Wednesday Night

Seth Meyers will welcome back a couple of his former “Saturday Night Live” colleagues to 30 Rock on Wednesday, the actors Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, who are starring in “Forever,” an Amazon series that debuts this week.

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Viola Davis at the world premiere of “Widows” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday.CreditMark Blinch/Reuters

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