CBS stars are giving ousted CEO Les Moonves an extra shove out the door.
On Monday night, Stephen Colbert immediately tackled the issue of Moonves’ resignation following a blistering New Yorker report that included six more women’s allegations that he assaulted or harassed them. (13 women in all have shared their stories about Moonves).
“Tonight’s episode of Undercover Boss, starring Leslie Moonves, will not be shown,” a voice-over on the Late Show intoned. “It was accidentally sealed into a stainless-steel container, which was then inadvertently fired into the heart of the sun. We regret the error.”
In his monologue, Colbert jabbed Moonves with a Louis C.K. reference: “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.
C.K. recently attempted to revive his career with a stand-up show after laying low for months following his own sexual misconduct scandal.
James Corden also addressed Moonves’ departure on The Late Late Show, though he was less harsh.
“A late-night host’s job is to come out and make jokes about the news, but sometimes that news isn’t very funny,” Corden said from his desk. “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.”
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King addressed the issue, and raised concerns over the lack of transparency in the investigation of Moonves. (Two law first will investigate Moonves, but the company has agreed to keep their findings confidential).
“In our own house, we must have transparency,” King said on the broadcast Tuesday morning.
“I am so sorry, again, that it hits so close to home for us. I’m sick and sick of the story and sickened by everything that we keep hearing. But the part you mentioned about transparency is very disturbing to me because I would think, how can we have this investigation and not know how it comes out? Les Moonves has been on the record, he says, listen, he didn’t do these things, it was consensual, that he hasn’t hurt anybody’s career. I would think it would be in his best interest for us to hear what the report finds out. On the other hand, you have women who are coming forward, very credibly, talking about something that’s so painful and so humiliating. It’s been my experience that women don’t come out and speak this way for no reason. They just don’t. They just don’t do it. And so I don’t know how we move forward if we don’t – we at CBS – don’t have full transparency about what we find.”