In his monologue on the show “The Late Show” on Monday, host Stephen Colbert addressed the latest news that the field producer’s team for his late-night program was detained at the Capitol while filming a comedy segment involving the dirty Triumph doll, the offensive comic dog.
“How was your weekend?” Colbert joked at the beginning of his opening monologue. “I certainly had an interesting one, because some of my employees had a memorable one.”
“Triumph offered to go to the District of Columbia to interview some members of Congress to highlight some of the January 6 hearings,” Colbert continued. I said, “Of course, if you can get someone to agree to talk to you. Because please don’t take this as an insult, you are a puppet. “
On June 16, seven people working for “The Late With Stephen Colbert” were arrested for unauthorized filming on the spot in Congress. Among the seven arrested was Robert Smigel, the writer and comedian behind Triumph’s dog hero.
Capitol police issued a statement saying, “The building was closed to visitors and these individuals were identified as part of a group that was directed by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day. They were accused of illegal entry. This is an active criminal investigation and may lead to additional criminal charges after consultation with the US Attorney.
“After finishing their interviews, they were doing some last-minute puppet games and make-up in the hallway when Triumph and my men were approached and detained by Capitol police – which is not really surprising,” Colbert continued, before hinting at the ongoing congressional hearings on the events of January. 6, 2021 Uprising. “The Capitol police are much more cautious than they were, say, 18 months ago, and for a very good reason. If you don’t know the reason, I know which news network you’re watching.
Colbert went on to confirm that things were being handled as professionally as possible, while acknowledging that the experience was not pleasant for his staff. The late-night host also dismissed comparisons between his production without detention and the arrest of individuals during the uprising.
“Drawing any kind of equivalence between the rebels storming our Capitol to prevent the counting of ballots and the toy dog chopping cigars is a shameful and grotesque insult to the memory of all those killed,” Colbert said.
CBS previously offered a statement on the incident, explaining that the interviews “were authorized and pre-arranged by congressional members of the interviewed members.”
Since the hearings around January. 6 Capitol riots continue, the incident occurred at a time of heightened security and tension in the halls of Congress.
Monday’s broadcast of “The late show with Stephen Colbert“Senator Corey Booker is introduced as a guest, as well as a musical performance by Lumineers.
Watch Colbert’s monologue below: