The "Late Show" host talks candidly about one year of #MeToo and the need for accountability "whether it's the leader of a network or the leader of the free world."
After his monologue Monday night, where he made a few jokes about the allegations brought against his boss Les Moonves, Stephen Colbert took a moment behind the desk to talk about the seriousness of the story and its place in the larger #MeToo context.
The "Late Show" host noted that we are coming upon the one-year anniversary of awareness of the #MeToo revolution that has swept Hollywood and given voices to the voiceless women who've suffered in silence for decades, and it's good to see that it's still moving forward.
"Women, who for the past year have felt empowered to tell their stories in ways they haven't before, which is an objectively good thing, because, and it's strange to have to say this, powerful men taking sexual advantage of relatively powerless employees are wrong," Colbert said. Now, allegations of those very things have come home to roost.
When asked over the weekend what might happen after these latest allegations, Colbert admitted he has no idea. "In a situation like this, I'd normally call Les," he said.
In a stunning expose for The New Yorker, Ronan Farrow detailed six women who've accused Moonves of sexual misconduct dating back more than 20 years, as well as an alleged culture of complicity at his network.
Moonves said in a statement, "I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected -- and abided by the principle -- that 'no' means 'no,' and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career."
CBS has hired an outside firm to mount an investigation, which Colbert also discussed briefly. "I don't know what's going to happen, but I do believe in accountability," Colbert told his audience. "And not just for politicians you disagree with. Everybody believes in accountability until it's their guy."
At this point, Colbert made it absolutely clear he was talking about his boss. "Make no mistake, Les Moonves is my guy," he said. "He hired me to sit in this chair. He stood behind this show while we were struggling to find our voice. He gave us the time and the resources to succeed and he has stood by us when people were mad at me. And I like working for him.
"But accountability is meaningless unless it's for everybody. Whether it's the leader of a network or the leader of the free world."
While this segment was completely serious, Colbert did crack a few jokes about the Moonves allegations during his monologue, which you can check out below.