Comedian Stephen Colbert said he was “not surprised” by allegations of sexual assault against former CBS CEO Les Moonves, despite calling Moonves “my guy” less than two months before.
“The head of this network, Les Moonves, was forced to step down yesterday,” Colbert said on “The Late Show” Monday. (RELATED: Stephen Colbert Torn Over CBS Sexual Harassment Scandal: ‘Make No Mistake, Les Moonves Is My Guy’)
“This came after a second Ronan Farrow expose featured more women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault. It’s never a good sign when you’re the subject of a Ronan Farrow double-dip.”
Colbert called the new allegations “disturbing,” but then made light of them almost immediately.
“The new article has some disturbing allegations, like this one, when a television executive says that she ‘entered Moonves’s’ office to discuss a work matter, and he said that he was going to get a glass of wine. He left briefly and, when he returned, she said he was not wearing pants and was aroused.”
“That is an impressive way to open a bottle of wine,” Colbert joked.
Colbert said in July Moonves hired him personally to “sit in this chair” and supported him through tough times.
“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,” Colbert said July 30. “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.”
Colbert couldn’t resist taking one last shot at his boss and said Moonves will probably pop up again to do stand-up comedy.
“The article is extremely disturbing and I’m not surprised. That’s it. Les Moonves is gone,” he concluded Monday. “For at least nine months, until he does a set at the Comedy Cellar.”
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