Stephen Colbert Responds To Les Moonves Getting Fired At CBS

Bessie Dean
September 12, 2018

"The head of this network, Leslie Moonves, was forced to step down yesterday", Colbert said during his show's opening monologue.

As we previously reported, Les Moonves has been fired as CEO of CBS after allegations of sexual misconduct after an expose from Ronan Farrow.

After recounting some of the details of Moonves' alleged abuse, Colbert's reaction to the ouster was brief - but it did include a dig at comedian Louis C.K., who recently performed a surprise stand-up set at a NY comedy club, less than one year after five women accused him of sexual misconduct. "And that's not even counting the thousands of innocent Americans who've walked past this actual poster for 'Bull, ' " a CBS drama.

Earlier in the day, other CBS personalities directly addressed the former chief executive and his resignation. It is systematic and it is pervasive in our culture.

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The Big Brother 20 ratings took a bit of a dip when football returned, host Julie Chen's husband is in a lot of hot water with CBS, and the network hasn't renewed the reality competition show for summer 2019. This has hurt morale, but there are some really, really good people that come to work every single day, ' O'Donnell said.

Colbert joked about some of the accusations detailed in Farrow's second piece, such as retired TV executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb's story of Moonves inviting her into his office in 1988. "They just don't. They just don't do it", King said. "Everybody believes in accountability until it's their guy". He hired me to sit in this chair. I would think it would be in his best interest for us to hear what the report finds out'. He gave us the time and the resources to succeed. "And I like working for him". "But accountability is meaningless, unless it's for everybody".

TIme's Up, an organization aimed at fighting sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace, released a letter to CBS on Tuesday calling on the network to "demonstrate what happens when true leadership embraces the future".

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