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Colbert Praises CNN For Its Report on Late Show Executive Accused of Misconduct

On Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert took a moment to praise CNN for its report about a CBS executive who was accused of using sexist and homophobic language.

According to CNN, senior vice president of talent for CBS Televisions Studios Vincent “Vinnie” Favale was placed on leave for making inappropriate remarks in the work place. One former female CBS executive recalled him telling her he got “four erections” while watching Jennifer Hudson during rehearsal in 2015.

Favale had previously served as the senior programming executive for The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert until 2017.

One staffer alleges she was faced with retaliation by Favale after she reported to HR about comment he made comparing a drill to a “big black dick.” He would frequently refer to Colbert as “gay” and accused actor Hugh Jackman of being “in the closet.”

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert declined to comment for CNN’s report. However, Colbert weighed in on the issue on his show.

“Folks, at the heart of so many of our public discussions is powerful men protecting other men in power,” Colbert began. “An article came out in CNN today about an executive at CBS who used to be a liaison to this show… He basically came with the building when I got this show and he used to be around here a lot.”

“Well, about six months into this show, some of the employees say they were uncomfortable with some of the things he said. We took their complaints to HR. They investigated twice, but I don’t really know what if anything happened. It seemed like someone was protecting this guy,” Colbert continued. “I don’t know who it was. We convinced the network to make a change.”

The Late Show host went on to commend CNN for it’s report and stress the importance of a free press.

“So I’m greatful to CNN for writing this article because the press is not the enemy of the people,” he said. “This is why you want a free press. This is why you want investigative journalism. It’s to make sure that government and companies and people are accountable for their actions.”

This came just weeks after CBS’s firing of its chief executive Les Moonves, who was accused of sexual harassment and assault.

Watch the clip above, via CBS.

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