Colbert Lets Bill Clinton Have a ‘Do-Over’ On Lewinsky Interview: ‘It Wasn’t My Finest Hour’


After former President Bill Clinton took heavy criticism this week for his impersonal response to the Monica Lewinsky scandal amid the #MeToo era, late night host Stephen Colbert gave him a chance to redo his statement.

“I notice you did not enjoy that entire interview,” Colbert said of Clinton’s appearance on NBC News. “I want you to enjoy this one, but I do want to ask you something: Would you like a do-over on that answer? Do you understand why some people thought it was a tone-deaf response?”

“When I saw the interview, I thought that, because they had to distill it, it looked like I was saying I didn’t apologize, and I had no intention to,” Clinton responded. “And I was mad at me – not for the first time.”

“Here is what I want to say: It wasn’t my finest hour,” he said.

Clinton continued by acknowledging “that it was very painful thing that happened 20 years ago” — referencing his affair with Lewinsky, a then-White House intern, while he was president.

“I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family and the American people,” he added. I mean it then, I mean it now. I have had to live with the consequences every day since. I still believe this #MeToo movement is long overdue, necessary and should be supported.”

Watch above, via The Late Show.

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