Stephen Colbert, John Legend, and Demi Lovato React to Election Stress—They're Not Alone

People all over the country were feeling stressed out while watching the results of the presidential election slowly come in all through the night. The conflicting reports, and endless speculation from news pundits added to the often super-charged and chaotic proceedings in what was already going to be a high-stakes night in a deeply divisive race. Needless to say, celebrities were feeling the anxiety as much as anyone else, particularly since many of them have taken to vocally sharing their thoughts all through the run-up to the election.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend--a couple with very different Twitter reactions to election night. Xavi Torrent/Getty Images for Twitter

Many celebrities took to Twitter to air the grievances or share in their sleep-deprived stress. Others tried to remind their fans of the importance of being patient. Jessica Chastain was one of the latter.

Some things are worth the wait #democracy #CountAllTheVotes

— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) November 4, 2020

Today show anchor Hoda Kotb preached the same message as Chastain.

You guys ok this morning? ... as they count the votes: accuracy over speed. Deep breaths ❤️

— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) November 4, 2020

Busy Phillips also noted the process is "a marathon and not a sprint."

It is, and will always be, a marathon and not a sprint.

— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) November 4, 2020

On the other hand, pop star Demi Lovato, a very vocal critic of Pres. Trump, expressed sadness that the election was even close.

Kind of terribly sad how close this election was. After this year and especially this summer it should’ve been a landslide. I don’t get it. Truly.

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) November 4, 2020

Director Jon Favreau encouraged followers to get involved and help get voters fix ballots with mistakes so they could be counted, noting he helped with a shift doing so in Arizona.

Help us get every ballot counted.

Sign up to cure ballots in Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina.

I did one of these shifts in AZ on Monday and it's great - you feel super helpful!

NC: (edited)

— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) November 4, 2020

Meanwhile, Dan Levy, the Emmy-winning creator and star of Schitt's Creek, was among the stars who thanked those worked at the polls.

So much love to everyone working the polls, everyone working on the #BidenHarris2020 campaign, everyone who has gone above and beyond for the greater good. Grateful for you and your time and commitment to a better tomorrow. ❤️✌🏼

— dan levy (@danjlevy) November 3, 2020

Kerry Washington shared Levy's sentiment:

To all the poll workers out there. Thank you. You’re a hero of democracy. 🙏🏾❤️✊🏾

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 4, 2020

Singer John Legend reminded fans not to feel too much premature anxiety about the process, as 2018's mid-term elections were similarly close in many races and required extra time to count votes.

This feels like 2018. A lot of stress and premature takes until all the votes were counted and the democrats did quite well. Let them count.

— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 4, 2020

Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen, didn't seem to hear him out, though. She spent the night of the election--following a rally in Philadelphia with her husband--sharing home videos of photos of various ways she was distracting herself from the stress of the news. This included cooking projects and this very Teigen-like game with her daughter:

stress poop game playing

— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 4, 2020

She wasn't the only one sharing her stress. Laurie Hernandez, a two-time Olympic Medalist and Dancing With the Stars champion, tweeted the following:


— Laurie Hernandez (@LaurieHernandez) November 3, 2020

Halsey was one of the first famous faces to expose feeling the burden of stress early on. By late afternoon yesterday, she shared how she was very conflicted about how to deal with it...

And for today’s trick, I’ll be feeling sick because I’m reading too much news so deciding to stay away from news then feeling guilty for being apathetic and anxious about the news that I’m not reading so reading news and getting anxious but feeling better for being informed !

— h (@halsey) November 3, 2020

YouTube comedian Lilly Singh didn't seem all that conflicted about how to deal with the stress of the day, at least not according to the GIF she shared.

Now... back to this.


— Lilly Singh #SketchyTimes streaming NOW! (@Lilly) November 4, 2020

Comedian and star of The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani, suggested to his followers not to point out Pres. Trump's hypocrisy by reposting his tweets, but to instead report them to Twitter.

Please stop quote tweeting the bad man to dunk on him. Just report the tweets. Thank you.

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 4, 2020

The election news had actor Zach Braff searching for some interested forms of relief...

*Googles “Can you put Xanax in coffee?”

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) November 4, 2020

All over Twitter, celebs were looking forward to any kind of escape, including Mark Hamill.

After the last 24 hours, I'm actually looking forward to my dental surgery today.

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 4, 2020

Conan O'Brien, like many noted comedic personalities, was still able to make light of the election.

My hope is that the U.S. gerrymanders itself so hard we join Canada.

— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) November 3, 2020

Other late night hosts also had numerous humorous tweets throughout yesterday, last night and into today, including Stephen Colbert. One wonders if they will be able to sustain this momentum about election jokes if the vote-counting continues on into the week, or later.

The human body was not made to expend this much energy thinking about Pennsylvania.

— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) November 4, 2020