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A number of late-night hosts took time during their shows on Tuesday to address Bill Cosby’s sentencing earlier that day. The disgraced actor was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting former assistant Andrea Constand.
When Colbert shared the news with The Late Show audience, the crowd broke into a loud round of applause.
“Incredibly sad story. At this point, obviously no one can defend Bill Cosby unless you are his publicist,” said Colbert before sharing a clip of Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt calling the trial “racist and sexist.” Wyatt later said, “They persecuted Jesus and look what happened.”
“Oh no. Cause if Cosby’s like Jesus, that means in three days he’ll be back prowling the streets,” said Colbert. “The joke’s based on a true story, by the way.”
Colbert explained that Wyatt also accused the judge in the case, Steve O’Neill, of racism and sexism. Wyatt even compared the “sex war” surrounding Brett Kavanaugh to what “O’Neill and his wife are a part of.”
“Judge Kavanaugh, do you find that comparison helpful?” Colbert asked before a clip from Kavanaugh’s Fox News interview answered, “No.”
After explaining the charges to his audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel shared, “TMZ did a bit of research and found out his first meal in jail will include pudding.”
The irony in the prison’s dessert choice is that Cosby was once known as the spokesperson for Jell-O pudding. “It’s like hakuna matata,” commented Kimmel.
Over on Late Night, host Seth Meyers asked, “Man, what happened to all our beloved sitcom idols from the ’80s? Cosby’s in jail. Roseanne went racist. I hope Ted Danson isn’t here to confess tonight to a string of murders.”
After the audience laughed at and applauded the joke targeted at the former Cheers star who was set to appear as a guest on the show, Meyers responded, “It would be good television.”
Trevor Noah also addressed the sentencing on The Daily Show. After sharing a story about Ted Cruz being forced out of a restaurant, Noah transitioned into the next story by saying, “In other news, a man who’s hated almost as much as Ted Cruz: Bill Cosby.”
After explaining Cosby’s sentencing, Noah shared that there is a positive outcome for Cosby in the situation. “The one upside for Cosby is that they’re already making him a personalized jumpsuit,” said Noah as a photo of Cosby in a jumpsuit reminiscent of his famous knit swearers from The Cosby Show appeared onscreen.
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