UPDATED with video: “Famed Hollywood producer and human Shrek, Harvey Weinstein is a bad person,” Stephen Colbert said at the top of Late Show, joining late night hosts in addressing news about decades of sexual harassment claims.
Last week The New York Times published an explosive article detailing decades of sexual harassment claims against Weinstein, who has since been fired from his company, “forcing them to change the name of The Weinstein Company, to something more positive like Asbestos Child Slapper, Inc.,” Colbert joked.
Some of the details, he warned viewers, are pretty terrible, such as allegations Weinstein required some female employees to be present while he bathed, and a reporter who claimed Weinstein forced her to watch him masturbate into a potted plant. Colbert’s tip: “If you ever have dinner at Harvey Weinstein’s house, avoid the fresh basil.”
“This is monstrous behavior that, in a just world, would not have been allowed to go on for decades. It is indefensible,” the late night host said.
Weinstein immediately defended it, saying he I came of age in 60 and 70s, when “all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.” Meanwhile, Weinstein’s lawyers called him an old dinosaur learning new ways.
“That is no excuse,” Colbert scoffed.
Coincidentally, last weekend was the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape. So when Trump told a gaggle of reporters he’s known Weinstein a long time, adding, “I’m not at all surprised to hear it” of the NYT report, one of them asked about that tape, in which he boasted he could grab women “by the p*ssy.” That’s “locker room talk,” Trump shot back, dusting off the line he used during his campaign.
That’s like Weinstein saying, masturbating in a potted plant is “just greenhouse talk.”
Colbert earlier noted Trump had tweeted over the weekend that maybe he should demand late-night shows give him equal time, given how much of their monologue is devoted to him. After the commercial break, Jon Stewart came on stage to help Colbert deliver on Trump’s equal-time request: