Stephen Colbert Torn Over CBS Sexual Harassment Scandal: ‘Make No Mistake, Les Moonves Is My Guy’
Comedian Stephen Colbert addressed the recent sexual harassment scandal surrounding CBS CEO Les Moonves on “The Late Show” Monday night and referred to Moonves as “my guy.”
“Over the past year, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether the disappearing of the accused from public life is the right thing to do,” Colbert said. “And I get that there should be levels of response, but I understand why that disappearing happens.” (RELATED: Colbert Calls Trump ‘A Racist, Horny, Old Burger Goblin Who Literally Steals Children From Poor People’)
He then quoted former President John F. Kennedy to explain the strong sexual harassment backlash among women and said despite his relationship with Moonves, he still believes in “accountability.”
“There’s a JFK quote that I like and I cite a fair amount on this show. And it’s: ‘Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.’ And for so long for women in the workplace, there was no change. No justice for the abused, so we shouldn’t be surprised that when the change comes, it comes radically,” Colbert continued.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do believe in accountability,” he concluded.
“And not just for politicians you disagree with. Everybody believes in accountability until it’s their guy, and, make no mistake, Les Moonves is my guy. He hired me to sit in this chair. He stood behind this show, while we were finding our voice. He gave us the time and the resources to succeed. And he has stood by us when people were mad at me. And I like working for him. But accountability is meaningless unless it’s for everybody. Whether it’s the leader of a network or the leader of the free world.”
Moonves has been accused of making unwanted kissing and touching advances on women at the network for decades, while employees allegedly embraced a culture of looking the other way.
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