Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Goes Easy on Louis C.K.


Stephen Colbert referred only briefly to the allegations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K. on Thursday’s “Late Show.” Credit CBS

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Late Night Takes on Louis C.K., Kind Of

Louis C.K. was supposed to appear on “The Late Show” on Thursday, after the New York premiere of his new movie, “I Love You, Daddy.” But both events were canceled after The New York Times reported that five women had accused Louis C.K. of engaging in sexual misconduct with them.

Mr. Colbert — who has known Louis C.K. for decades — took note of the news, but offered only a gentle jab. He had been more cutting moments earlier in a segment on Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican accused of making sexual advances toward teenage girls when he was in his early 30s. (A Moore supporter defended him with a biblical precedent, saying that Mary and Joseph were also far apart in age. “When reached for comment,” quipped Mr. Colbert, “Jesus said, ‘La la la la la, I don’t want to think about my parents having sex.’”)

“For those of you tuning in to see my interview with Louis C.K. tonight, I have some bad news. Then I have some really bad news. Louis canceled his appearance here tonight because The New York Times broke this story today: Five women are accusing Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct. When reached for comment, Jesus said, ‘La la la la la, I don’t want to hear about it, I was a big fan.’” — STEPHEN COLBERT

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On their shows, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers also took tentative stabs at the story. It remains to be seen whether the allegations against Louis C.K., widely considered one of the most influential comedians working today, draw a more powerful rebuke from his colleagues in the coming days.

“At this point, we’re going to need a new Oscar category this year: best actor whose movies we can’t watch anymore. And you know, in fact, at this point, now that I think about it, all the women in Hollywood should win double Oscars for acting like all the men were cool all along.” — TREVOR NOAH

“According to The Washington Post, controversial Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore reportedly engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with an underage girl when he was 32 years old. Politics is so full of perverts and deviants, I’m just so glad I work in comedy. Aw, damn it!” — SETH MEYERS

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