Stephen Colbert explains staff arrests at Capitol: 'This was first-degree puppetry'

Stephen Colbert explains staff arrests at Capitol: 'This was first-degree puppetry'

New York (CNN Business)"How was your weekend? I certainly had an interesting one because some of my staff had a memorable one."

That's how Stephen Colbert opened his monologue Monday after members of his "Late Show" production team were arrested last week at the US Capitol.

"This was first-degree puppetry," Colbert said

Colbert explained that members of his staff including "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog," a puppet voiced by comedian Robert Smigel

went to film a comedy segment tied to the January 6th hearings for two days last week in the congressional offices across from the Capitol.

The host said that the staff went through security clearance and were invited into the offices of the representatives they were interviewing

which is important to note since Triumph "works on Dracula rules," according to Colbert

On the second day of filming, the staff was detained by the US Capitol Police.

"Which actually isn't that surprising. The Capitol police are much more cautious than they were

say, 18 months ago, and for a very good reason," Colbert said

"If you don't know what that reason is, I know which news network you watch."

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