CBS’ Stephen Colbert Addresses Charlie Rose Suspension Despite News Breaking Just Before Taping


Ed. note – This post has been edited to more accurately reflect the timing of the live taping of the show and the Rose news breaking.

During his opening monologue Monday night, Stephen Colbert did not address his network colleague Charlie Rose‘s sexual harassment allegations.  The Washington Post published the explosive report at 4:45 ET, just before Colbert typically tapes his show. Seems they were unable to create a bit or write jokes about Rose, but they still were able to address it.

If you’re not familiar with Colbert’s format, he typically addresses a handful of today’s headlines (much of them about Donald Trump) in length. He kicked off his monologue by mocking The Weather Channel video that went viral of their shot of the Georgia Dome implosion that was perfectly blocked by a bus.  “Can a bus drive in front of 2017 for a while?” Colbert quipped. “Or maybe just park in front of Charlie Rose…”

And that was what he had to say about Rose, which showed the nimble improv skills that helped Colbert rise to great respect and success in the television hosting racket. The Late Show host then spent several minutes mocking Trump for his latest tweets as well as GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Earlier in the day, eight women came forward in an explosive Washington Post report accusing the veteran journalist of sexual harassment. His accusers’ claims range from mading lewd comments, inappropriately touching, and even walking naked in front of them. He has since been suspended by CBS, PBS, and Bloomberg until their internal investigations conclude. Aside from his duties as co-host of CBS This Morning, he has served as a contributing anchor of 60 Minutes and host of his long-running PBS program The Charlie Rose Show.

The scandal was addressed on CBS Evening News.

Watch the clip above, via CBS.

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