Stephen Colbert had advice for the White House Correspondents Association after it threw Michelle Wolf under the bus over her performance at its annual dinner. “Look you didn’t like it? You have that right. Don’t invite her back again. But grow a pair.”

After Wolf’s performance, the association’s president said in a statement that her performance was “not in the spirit” of the dinner’s mission “to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners.”

Colbert reminded the association that, having hired Wolf, they can’t act surprised. “I thought news people did research! You’re telling me you couldn’t spend 90 seconds on YouTube to find out what her act was like?”

The Late Show host reminded viewers that he did not previously host the dinner, but ‘Stephen Colbert,’ the conservative gasbag who hosted The Colbert Report did. And, with a quick change of glasses, Comedy Central’s Colbert showed up to “pump it down the Truth Hole.”

“I have been busy collaborating with Kanye West on an album of Republican hip hop. It’s called My Beautiful Dark Twisted Reality,” he explained of his absence.

“First, Michelle, let’s address your potty mouth. What the f*ck was up with that? This is the correspondents dinner, celebrating the freedom of speech. You can’t just say whatever you want! You don’t go to a funeral and say exactly what you thought of the person – and what is the annual correspondents dinner but a funeral for the independent press?

“And how dare you besmirch the okay name of Sarah Huckabee Sanders? And I am so proud, right down to the breast bone, that the press is defending her, despite the fact her boss joked about throwing reporters in jail. That’s the kind of comedy the press likes. More jokes like that, Michelle!”

Then he left, so Late Show Colbert could return and tell viewers a campaign had begun to award President Donald Trump the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the upcoming talk with North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong Un. “Give him credit, he was able to go toe to toe with a nuclear mad man. Now if he could just handle being in the same room as a comedian.”