As we reel from the Britney Spears documentary and are forced to confront YET AGAIN the brutality she so often experienced from the press and the public, it’s nice to see this resurfaced 2007 clip of the former The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson refusing to roast Britney.
There are still some good guys out there. Watch below.
Craig totally went against the grain of late night comics here. Comedians should remember that when you make fun of a young celebrity with substance abuse and/or emotional problems, no matter how wealthy and famous they are, you are punching down. https://t.co/X1eyjAsFEw— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) February 9, 2021
“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.”
In the stirring speech, he added that he had begun to “feel uncomfortable about making fun of” celebrities at rock bottom and that comedy should be about “attacking the powerful people, the politicians and the Trumps and the blowhards.”
“We shouldn’t be attacking the vulnerable people,” lamented the comedian, who now hosts the new game show “The Huslter” on ABC.
Ferguson expressed that he himself had been guilty of hitting celebs when they’re down: “This is totally a mea culpa, this is just for me,” he said. “I think my aim has been off a bit recently and I want to change it a bit.”
“Yet another reason why I miss seeing Craig Ferguson every day… He was very decent,” posted on twitter user.
(via Page Six; photo: MediaPunch)