Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury made an appearance at this year’s Grammys because, apparently, audiobooks are eligible to win in the spoken word album category. In an effort to snag next year’s Best Spoken Word Album, host James Corden brought out potential celebrity readers to audition for the job.
On the hunt for a GRAMMY Award of his own, James Corden auditions celebrities for the spoken word version of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” pic.twitter.com/SjTobAbv2N
— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) January 29, 2018
In the bit, Hillary Clinton, DJ Khaled, Cardi B, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, and Cher all read excerpts from the book. Clinton narrates the part about Trump’s fondness for McDonald’s, which reads
He had a longtime fear of being poisoned. One reason why he liked to eat at McDonalds. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made.
Grammys producers arranged Clinton’s involvement in the sketch a couple of weeks ago, and it was filmed in New York City last week. According to someone involved in the taping, Clinton might have read a few different excerpts from the book, but eventually they settled on the McDonald’s quote.
According to publisher Henry Holt & Co., Fire and Fury has sold 1.7 million copies. It hasn’t had any shortage of publicity, and the Grammys have given it a late-January boost. Still, the sketch does raise a good question: Who should read the audiobook? Though I can’t say I’m particularly impressed with any of the readers in the sketch (besides the wonderful Cardi B), it does get the mind racing. Who would you root for? I think Liam Neeson might do a good job.
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