Following the news that CBS CEO Leslie Moonves stepped down from the network just hours after Ronan Farrow's second exposé featuring more women accusing Moonves of sexual harassment and assault was published in the New Yorker, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert wasted no time going in on his former boss.
Monday night's episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert opened with a fake announcement that "Undercover Boss starring Leslie Moonves will not be shown. It was accidentally sealed into a stainless steel container, which was then inadvertently fired into the heart of the sun. We regret the error." Colbert then began his opening monologue, stating, "You may have heard, the head of this network, Leslie Moonves, was forced to step down yesterday."
Also during the statement, Colbert joked about Moonves being targeted by Farrow a second time, saying, "It's never a good sign when you're the subject of a Ronan Farrow double dip," before expressing that he thinks "the new article has some disturbing allegations." However, the host kept it light as he cracked a joke about the fact that, as stated in one of the women's reports, after Moonves left his office to get a glass of wine, he came back "not wearing pants, and was aroused." Colbert joked, "Wow. That's an impressive way to open a bottle of wine." Colbert concluded the Moonves subject matter stating, "Anyway, the article is extremely disturbing and I'm not surprised that that's it. Les Moonves is gone. For at least nine months, until he does a set at the comedy cellar."
While Colbert for the most part joked about Moonves's exit, on The Late Late Show, James Corden took a more somber approach. "A late night host's job is to come out and make jokes about the news, but sometimes that news isn't very funny," stated Corden. "It's been a very difficult day here at CBS, but that pales in comparison to how difficult it must be for the many women who are coming forward. They are being listened to, and they are being heard. And it's only by listening to these stories that we as a society can make sure the corporate culture that has been exposed in this last year or so, may never be allowed to return."