“Late Show” staffers detained at the Capitol are “guilty of first-degree puppetry,” according to Stephen Colbert
Members of Stephen Colbert’s team were detained last week inside a legislative office building; he called this “first-degree puppetry,” and he lashed out at people who compared this to the riot that occurred on January 6, 2021, in the United States Capitol.
Police from the Capitol were called to the Longworth House Office Building on Thursday night, and seven persons who said they worked for CBS’s “Late Show” were detained. In addition to being the voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Robert Smigel is one of the seven.
Colbert said on Monday night’s episode that they were arrested while engaged in “some last-minute puppetry and jokey make-em-ups.” He deemed that to be hardly unexpected.
“The Capitol Police are much more cautious than they were 18 months ago, and for a very good reason,” he claimed. “And if you don’t know what the reason is, I know what news network you watch.”
According to Colbert, everyone involved was cool under pressure and handled themselves professionally throughout the entire ordeal. He did not apologise for what happened.
The interviews done by Colbert’s crew, according to CBS, were approved and prearranged by congressional staffers. It was unclear whether or not the Capitol Police had been informed that they would be conducting an operation in a restricted area. Officials from the Capitol Police stated they had warned the group to leave Longworth earlier.
Colbert has commented on the issue, saying that anyone trying to draw parallels between the events of January 6 and this week’s tragedy is horribly demeaning the memories of those who perished at the Capitol.
“I am shocked I have to explain the difference,” Colbert remarked. “But an insurrection involves disrupting the lawful actions of Congressing and howling for the blood of elected leaders to prevent the peaceful transfer or power. This was first-degree puppetry. This was hijinks with intent to goof.”