Colbert, fellow late-night nosts address Louis C.K. sexual misconduct

“For those of you tuning in to see my interview with Louis C.K. tonight, I have some bad news,” Stephen Colbert said towards the top of Thursday’s monologue. “Then I have some really bad news.”

C.K., who was set to appear on CBS’ The Late Show, cancelled at the last minute after he was accused of sexual misconduct by five women, several of whom alleged that the comedian masturbated in front of them without their consent. Colbert, who worked with C.K. on the short-lived 1996 sketch-comedy series The Dana Carvey Show, addressed the allegations head-on in a monologue that also touched on reports that Alabama senator candidate Roy Moore engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a teenage girl.

“Louis cancelled his appearance here tonight because The New York Times broke this story today: Five women are accusing Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct,” Colbert said. “When reached for comment, Jesus said, ‘La-la-la-la-la, I don’t want to hear about it. I was a big fan!'”

Colbert then went on to discuss the “avalanche of allegations” that preceded the Times‘ C.K. exposé, including those involving Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and Kevin Spacey. “A lot of men look at this behavior and they feel like there’s nothing they can do,” he said, before ultimately poking fun at Keith Urban for attempting to do something using the power of song.

Colbert was far from alone in mentioning the C.K. controversy. Daily Show host Trevor Noah weighed in, suggesting that the Academy Awards will need a new category in 2018: Best Actor Whose Movies We Can’t Watch Anymore.

Late Night host Seth Meyers deadpanned, “Politics are so full of perverts and deviants, I’m so glad I work in comedy,” before a screen grab of the C.K. exposé appeared on screen:

The Opposition‘s Jordan Klepper refused to break character when discussing C.K., insisting that “it’s a confusing time, so we should return to what we know: good old-fashioned phrases that people say when sexual assault allegations arise. Phrases like, ‘you should separate the man from the art.'” He then pleaded, “When you are watching Louis C.K.’s movie I Love You Daddy, a film about an old man dating an underage woman featuring a serial masturbator, please, don’t think of Louis C.K.’s accusers.”

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Comedian Louis C.K. arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Cast member Zach Galifianakis and executive producer Louis C.K. participate in a panel for the FX Networks series "Baskets" during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Cable Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
Louis C.K. holds the Emmy awards for outstanding writing for a variety special for "Louis C.K. Live at the beacon Theatre" and outstanding writing in a comedy series for his show "Louie" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (EMMYS-BACKSTAGE)
Stand-up comedian and director Louis C.K. poses for a photograph as he arrives for the premiere of his film "Hilarious" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon pose with an award during The 76th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani, Wall Street on May 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Peabody)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1721 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Louis C.K. and Kate McKinnon as Polish Immigrants during the 'Tenement Museum' sketch on April 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1721 -- Pictured: (l-r) Pete Davidson as Johnny, Cecily Strong as Louise, and host Louis C.K. as Sam during the 'Soda Shop' sketch on April 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1721 -- Pictured: Host Louis C.K. during the monologue on April 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 2102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis CK during an interview with host Conan O'Brien -- (Photo by: Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Elvis Mitchell, Lance Crouther, Chris Rock and Louis C.K. *Exclusive* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Mario Joyner, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock during HBO & AEG Live's 'The Comedy Festival' - The Comedian Award - Backstage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actors Alan Alda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and Louis C.K. attend the premiere of 'Diminished Capacity' at the Eccles Theatre during 2008 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2008 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. performs on October 11, 1993 -- (Photo by: Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Louis CK, Joe Rogan, Artie Lange and Richard Schimmel *Exclusive* (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 14 -- Pictured: (far right) Robert Smigel and Louis C.K. perform in the 'Conan the ----arian' sketch on September 30, 1993 (Photo by: Lesly Weiner/Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Louis CK during The 10th Annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival - Day One at St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. during an interview with host Conan O'Brien on October 11, 1993 (Photo by: Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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