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The Late Show opened Tuesday night’s episode with a re-edited version of Andrew Cuomo’s resignation speech, in which words were pieced together to express that the governor of New York harassed a series of women.
“Evidently he gave himself two weeks’ notice,” quipped the late night host.
After referencing several of the allegations against Cuomo, Colbert said: “At the press conference, Cuomo took full responsibility for his actions … sort of.” The Late Show cut to Cuomo stating that while he never crossed the line with anyone, he did not know that the line has been “re-drawn.”
Colbert went on to comment, “One of the more disturbing details in the attorney general’s report was the allegation that Cuomo harassed a member of his own security detail.” The Late Show played a clip of Cuomo stating that he would sometimes pat an employee on the back or stomach as a gesture of appreciation.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 11, 2021
A five-month investigation by the state attorney general’s office found that Cuomo harassed 11 women and created a hostile work environment “rife with fear and intimidation.” He faces the possibility of criminal charges.
Cuomo, who was called on to step down by President Biden last week, denies the allegations against him. “I’m a fighter and my instinct is to fight through this controversy because I truly believe it is politically motivated; I believe it is unfair and it is untruthful and I believe it demonizes behavior that is unsustainable for society,” he said in a statement with his resignation.
Now taking Cuomo’s place will be Kathy Hochul, who will — “in a fitting bit of karma,” said Colbert — become New York’s first female governor.
On NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the host also poked fun at Cuomo’s resignation taking effect in 14 days, jokingly asking, “I’m sorry, but is this really a two-weeks’ notice type of situation?”
Earlier Fallon spoke about Cuomo’s resignation speech.
“During his remarks he said it would be best if he stepped aside. And then every woman in the room took two steps aside,” Fallon joked as he shuffled to his left.
He continued, alluding to other government figures who’ve faced sexual harassment allegations, “It’s got to be tough for Cuomo with a track record like this. His only future is either president or Supreme Court justice.”
And Fallon touched on the fact that Cuomo’s brother, Chris Cuomo, hosts a primetime show on CNN, a situation that has raised numerous conflict-of-interest flags from observers, especially in recent months, as more and more news stories involved the New York governor.
Referring to incoming governor Hochul, Fallon joked, “Right after she was announced as New York’s next governor, CNN offered a primetime show to her sister.”
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