Late night hosts were swift to tackle allegations facing Louis C.K. following a New York Times report published Thursday in which five women said the comedian-actor masturbated in front of them, or attempted to, without their consent.
Louis C.K.'s publicist, Lewis Kay, told USA TODAY Thursday, "In the coming days, Louis will issue a written statement."
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Colbert said during his monologue Thursday night that C.K. opted out of his Late Show appearance after the Times story broke.
"For those of you tuning in to see my interview with Louis C.K. tonight, I have some bad news. Then, I have some really bad news," Colbert said. "Louis canceled his appearance here tonight because The New York Times broke this story today: Five women are accusing Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct."
Colbert's monologue then took a lighter tone. Inspired by Keith Urban's Female, Colbert facetiously crafted his own song to do his part in standing up for women.
Though he considers himself "a fan" of the county singer, Colbert joked the lyrics were composed "by dumping out a bin full of inspirational throw pillows."
"Ladies of the world, you've got a raw deal," Colbert said while sporting a soul patch in preparation for his own performance. "Too many times your voices have been silenced. Well, I want to let you know I hear you. Now, be quiet while I explain you to you."
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Noah appeared overwhelmed by the number of powerful Hollywood men being accused of sexual assault or harassment.
"Like, at this point, we're gonna need a new Oscar category this year: best actor whose movies we can't watch anymore," he told his audience with a photo of Louis C.K. over his shoulder.
Academy, keep listening because Noah's next Oscars suggestion is brilliant.
"Now that I think about it, all women in Hollywood should win double Oscars for acting like all the men were cool all along," he said. "Every single one of them."
The Opposition with Jordan Klepper
Acknowledging "It's a confusing time," Klepper sarcastically suggested we "return to what we know: good, old fashioned phrases people say when sexual assault allegations arise — phrases like 'You should separate the man from the art.'"
"So, please when you are watching Louis C.K.'s movie I Love You, Daddy," he continued, "a film about an old man dating an underage woman featuring a serial masturbator, please, don't think of Louis C.K.'s accusers."
Louis C.K's career in photos