“Late Night” host and comedian Seth Meyers really, really wants Fox News to let Rick Perry join in on the upcoming GOP debate.
Due to the rather large number of Republican candidates in the primary this year (seventeen in all), Fox has capped their Aug. 6 televised debate at ten participants. Only the ten Republicans who polled highest in the last five national polls will be given screen time, according to the Washington Post.
Rick Perry, three-time Texas governor and two-time presidential candidate, is straddling the cut-off point to make the debate, and Meyers was not happy about it. On Monday night, Meyers pleaded with Fox to let Perry debate.
Meyers introduced a new segment to “Late Night” titled, “Free Rick Perry,” where he begged the question, “How can you not have Rick Perry at your debate?”
“It’s gonna be a fun debate no matter what,” Meyers said. “But there is currently one candidate who is on the bubble and if he was in the debate it would make it so much more fun.”
Meyers also pointed out that Perry recently challenged fellow GOP candidate Donald Trump to a pull-up contest. “They could actually get into a fight on stage,” he said.
According to Mediaite, Perry is currently in 11th place, right behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The only way Perry could make the cut and be featured in the debate is if Fox opts to round up Perry’s average, which would tie him with Kasich, according to Mediaite’s report.
The Washington Post also reported that Fox will be airing additional coverage and air time on Aug. 6 to the GOP candidates who do not make it into the top ten slots.