The clip of the former Late Late Show host refusing to bash the pop star has gone viral on social media after a new documentary, The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears, was released last week.
Among the harsh moments in the doc is when Spears attacked the paparazzi with an umbrella around the time she shaved her head. Late night hosts had a field day as the young star’s life appeared to be spiraling out of control. A number of the people featured in the doc have received backlash for their behavior toward Spears at the time.
Even Ferguson poked fun at her. That is, until one taping of the Late Late Show, when he said it needed to stop.
“Tonight — no Britney Spears jokes,” said Ferguson during the opening monologue. “This woman has two kids, she’s 25 years old, she’s a baby herself. She’s a baby.”
The audience clearly was not sure what to make of the moment; as Ferguson talked about not attacking “vulnerable people,” there were some uncomfortable chuckles. But by the end, the sound of a pin dropping could be heard.
Ferguson, who has been open about his own personal struggles, such as addiction, said in the clip that comedy should be about “attacking the powerful people, the politicians and the Trumps and the blowhards.” He added that he had grown “uncomfortable” kicking celebrities while they were down.
“This is totally a mea culpa, this is just for me,” he told viewers. “I think my aim’s been off a bit recently and I want to change it a bit.”
Never forget when Craig Ferguson refused to make fun of Britney Spears. pic.twitter.com/r8AuiNPW0L
— Britney Fan 🌹 (@BritneyHiatus) February 9, 2021