Late night hosts wasted no time in lampooning JetBlue’s decision to acquire Spirit Airlines, offering a hilarious take on the deal that is not without a degree of truth.
Late Night Hosts Weigh In On Lampoon JetBlue – Spirit Merger
After the Spirit – Frontier merger fell through, Spirit Airlines wasted no time in moving on the JetBlue, which offered a sweeter deal to shareholders to acquire the budget carrier. If the merger passes regulatory approval, JetBlue plans to transform Spirit into its own image, adding seat pitch, seatback screens, and precisely the onboard amenities that Spirit has deliberately avoided in order to offer the lowest fares possible for transport.
With JetBlue facing operational difficulties this summer it blames on a labor shortage, the late night TV talk shows hosts went to town.
CNN compiled various shows into a nice montage, which is worth a few minutes of your time to watch:
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Some of my favorite lines:
“JetBlue and Spirit. It’s the perfect marriage between broken TVs and broken planes.” – Jimmy Fallon
“That’s right. Spirit agreed to a deal with JetBlue and cancelled their merger with Frontier Airlines. Today, Frontier Airlines was like, ‘Well, it’s Spirit. How did we not see this cancellation coming?” – Jimmy Fallon
“It’s historic. This is the first time anyone wanted Spirit Airlines. It’s normally the last choice behind, ‘Can’t we just walk between Albany and Rochester?'” – Stephen Colbert
“This deal comes between a long bidding war between JetBlue and Frontier which is why insiders say getting to an agreement was a rocky process. Oh, you mean it was turbulent?” – Stephen Colbert
These quips have been going on for several months. In May, Fallon had joked:
“JetBlue is attempting the purchase through a hostile takeover. A “hostile takeover” is also how Spirit describes their boarding process.”
But jokes aside, unless regulators block it this deal is going through…