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Stephen Colbert addresses detention of staff filming Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Segment at Capitol: ‘Everyone was very professional’

In his monologue on Monday’s ‘The Late Show,’ host Stephen Colbert discussed recent news that a production crew on the ground for his late-night program was detained at the Capitol during filming. from a comedy segment involving the crude puppet Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

“How was your week end?” Colbert joked at the top of his opening monologue. “I certainly had an interesting one, because some of my staff had a memorable one.”

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“Triumph has offered to travel to DC to interview members of Congress to highlight some of the January 6 hearings,” Colbert continued. “I said, ‘Sure, if you can get someone to agree to talk to you. Because, and please don’t take that as an insult, you’re a puppet.

On June 16, seven people working for “The Late With Stephen Colbert” were arrested due to unauthorized filming in Congress. Among the seven people arrested was Robert Smigel, the writer and comedian behind Triumph’s canine character.

Capitol Police released a statement on the incident, saying, “The building was closed to visitors and these individuals were determined to be part of a group that was ordered by the USCP to vacate the building earlier in the day. day. They have been charged with unlawful entry. This is an active criminal investigation and may result in additional criminal charges after consultation with the U.S. Attorney.

“After finishing their interviews, they were doing some last minute puppetry and wacky makeovers in a hallway, when Triumph and my parents were approached and detained by Capitol Police – which actually isn’t all that surprising,” Colbert continued, before alluding to ongoing congressional hearings regarding the events of the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising. “Capitol Police are much more cautious than they were, say, 18 months ago, and for a very good reason. If you don’t know what that reason is, I know what news network you’re looking at.

Colbert goes on to say that things were handled as professionally as possible, while acknowledging that the experience was not pleasant for his staff. The late-night host also dismissed comparisons between detaining his production crew and arresting individuals during the insurgency.

“To equate rioters storming our Capitol to prevent the counting of ballots and a stuffed dog biting a cigar is a shameful and grotesque insult to the memory of all those who died,” Colbert said.

CBS previously issued a statement about the incident, explaining that the interviews conducted “were authorized and pre-arranged by congressional aides of the members interviewed.”

While hearings surrounding the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill are still ongoing, the incident came at a time of heightened security and tension in the halls of Congress.

Monday’s broadcast of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” featured New Jersey Senator Cory Booker as a guest, along with a musical performance by the Lumineers.

Watch Colbert’s monologue below:

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