"I have some bad news. Then I have some really bad news."
Stephen Colbert addressed the allegations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K. at the top of his show last night after the comedian was forced to cancel his appearance on the show following the New York Times publication of the accounts of five women who claim C.K. exposed himself and masturbated in front of them.
"For those of you tuning in to see my interview with Louis C.K. tonight, I have some bad news," he started. "Then I have some really bad news.
"Louis cancelled his appearance here tonight because The New York Times broke this story today: Five women are accusing Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct."
Then, leaning on a joke from earlier in his monologue, he said: "When reached for comment, Jesus said, 'bla-bla-bla-bla-bla, I don’t want to hear about it. I was a big fan!'"
Colbert, who has known C.K. for many years having worked together in the 90s on 'The Dana Carvey Show', then said: "Now these are disturbing allegations and it's just the latest in an avalanche of allegations against powerful, prominent men - Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, Kevin Spacey. And a lot of men look at this behavior and they feel like there's nothing they can do. Well, last night, one man stepped up to 'not do it,' country music star and soul patch safe space Keith Urban."
He then moved on to a bit about Urban's very oddly worded "Harvey Weinstein-inspired song" that he performed at the Country Music Awards last night.
So not exactly the calling out that many would have hoped for.