Stephen Colbert breaks silence on staffers’ Capitol arrests: 'First-degree puppetry'

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Stephen Colbert addressed the recent arrests of his crew and production members, who were caught and charged with being in an unauthorized area of a U. S. Capitol building last week.

During Monday night’s "Late Show," Colbert downplayed the arrests as a "very professional" interaction between his staff and "cautious" Capitol Police officers.

The host opened the show by asking the audience about their weekends before joking, "Well, I had an interesting one and some members of my staff had a memorable one."

"The Capitol police were just doing their job, my staff was just doing their job, everyone was very professional, everyone was very calm," the host continued. "My staffers were detained, processed and released. A very unpleasant experience for my staff."

On Thursday, a group dubbed "the Colbert Seven" were arrested for unlawful entry in the Longworth House Office Building.

Among those arrested was Robert Smigel, the puppeteer for "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog," a character on CBS's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."

"After they’d finished their interviews, [my staffers] were doing some last-minute puppetry and jokey make-em-ups in a hallway, when Triumph and my folks were approached and detained by Capitol Police," Colbert said.

He continued, "A lot of paperwork for the Capitol police but a fairly simple story… until the next night when a couple of the TV people started claiming that my puppet squad had quote, ‘committed insurrection’ at the U. S. Capitol building."

Colbert claimed his staff was not in the main Capitol building, and he said he was "shocked that he has to explain the difference, but an insurrection involves disrupting the lawful actions of Congress and howling for the blood of elected leaders – all to prevent the peaceful transfer of power."

He tagged the incident as "first-degree puppetry," then blamed former President Trump for the Jan. 6 capitol riot.

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