"I'll add a little more to that at the desk later, assuming we've got the commercial break behind us."
[COS] CBS Late Show Host Stephen Colbert did not waste time dealing with sexual harassment around network CEO Leslie Moonves on the show on Monday.
Noted the current controversy at the opening of his monologue, Colbert jokingly questioned the validity of the story until he revealed that Ronan Farrow, who had previously unmasked Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and assault in a New York article, wrote the piece would have.
"That's not good," said Colbert, a spit take out of a jar of brown liquid, presumably alcohol. Then he took another sip from his glass.
"Ronan is not known for his puff pastry pieces on GLAMPing," joked Colbert.
The host noted that CBS was conducting an investigation into the claims against Moonves. They said they could simply use an internal investigation from the new series "CSI: CEO".
Colbert then went on to other topics, but promised: "I'll be over there later, if we manage to break the commercial break."
When the show returned from their first break, Colbert continued to Moonves and the Me Too movement in total. "It's strange to have to say that, but powerful men who use relatively powerless employees are wrong," the host said. "We know it wrong now, and we knew it was wrong, how do we know that because the men tried to keep the story from coming out?"
Colbert said of his personal relationship with Moonves: "I believe everyone believes in accountability until it's his type, and make no mistake: Les Moonves is my type."
The Moderator Late Show continued telling how Moonves was responsible for his position as host of the late night show and that Moonves "stood by us when people were mad at me and I liked him."
He concluded, "Accountability is meaningless unless it is for anyone, be it the leader of a network or the leader of the free world."