Ahead of the New York Times story detailing five women’s allegations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K., the comedian scrapped his Thursday night appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” forcing Colbert to address the situation on the show.
“For those of you tuning in to see my interview with Louis C.K. tonight, I have some bad news,” Colbert began. “Then I have some really bad news. Louis canceled his appearance here tonight because The New York Times broke this story today: Five women are accusing Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct.”
Referring to a bit earlier in the monologue when he made a joke about the Virgin Mary, Jesus and Joseph, Colbert joked, “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’s working relationship with C.K. dates back to the TV show host’s first-ever television gig in 1996, on “The Dana Carvey Show,” where C.K. was head writer.
Colbert referred to the stories about his former boss “disturbing” and “the latest in an avalanche of allegations against powerful and prominent men,” before moving on. Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” also commented on the allegations during his show Thursday.
Noah joked that he thought Facebook’s unnerving efforts to stop revenge porn would be the “most pervy story” he would see all day. “And then Louis C.K. said, ‘Hold my penis,” he quipped.
C.K. has been accused of exposing himself and masturbating in front of five women. Chicago comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, comedians Rebecca Corry, Abby Schachner and C.K. collaborator and one-time friend Tig Notaro all gave accounts to the Times.