Craig Ferguson won't kick Britney while she's down

Craig_lFinally, after two weeks aboard the out-of-control Britney and Anna Nicole Express to Crazytown, a voice of reason. On Monday, Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson swore off jokes about the pop princess in a poignant yet still humorous monologue that began with a Kevin Costner anecdote but evolved into something much more significant. Announcing that he was doing something "a little different," he launching into a topic that had been "bothering" him for a while: making fun of celebs who clearly need help. "For me, comedy should have a certain amount of joy in it," Ferguson said. "It should be about attacking the powerful — the politicians, the Trumps, the blowhards — going after them. We shouldn’t be attacking the vulnerable."

Admitting that Sunday was also the anniversary of his fifteenth year sober, the usually genial Scot then told a story about his lowest moment — the night he decided to commit suicide, before being rescued, ironically, by his need to "self-medicate" with alcohol — and tied his message up with a semi-joke: help is "easy to find; right there near the front of the phone book." Earnest and upbeat, like he was during his similarly-toned eulogy for his father last year, Ferguson wasn’t at all condescending, cracked jokes only at his own expense, and got his message across. And if I sound gushy, well, it’s probably because I am (though how much of my mini-crush has to do with his accent is another story). As we are now, willingly or not, participants of the 24-hour media circus, it’s always good to get a sobering reminder that there are more important things in life.

What say you, PopWatchers?

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  • Laurie

    My best friend and I were talking about this last night – how the media is litterally salivating over the most minute details of her downward spiral and who exactly is asking for this info. It is the same with the Anna Nicole coverage. The first day both of these stories were shocking for the grotesqueness of it all, but now we are the ones looking so pathetic. I am just as guilty as the rest, we all slow down at car wrecks. Funny no. Eyecatching yes. I applaud Craig for being the first to say enough.

  • Ep Sato

    It’s hard to feel sorry for someone who’s worth a few million dollars and who has created their own mess. No one told her to party with Paris, get hooked on whatever or even marry that loser Fedex.
    Britney’s breakdown is sad, but she’s had many blown chances to make it right. She keeps leaving rehab, keeps doing crazy things, and should be taken on a far away secluded vacation with true friends and family.
    However, most normal people who need help and who have breakdowns don’t have such options and no one ever seems to feel sorry for them. I’m not sure we should treat a spoiled princess like family, even if it feels like Shaudenfruede to do otherwise.
    Besides, if we can’t kick celebs when they are down, how can we make ourselves feel better about our own pathetic lives? It’s not like Britney went broke, lost a limb or lost a child because of a tragic accident. She made the mess she’s in.

  • Louise

    I really like Craig Ferguson. He has something that most celebrities, usually do not have, charm.

  • lily

    I’m so glad that someone is finally looking at this sad situation human being to human being. It is so painfully obvious that this young woman has gone beyond bad fashion choices and is suffering a mental breakdown. Good for Craig Ferguson for recognizing this, and for using his own life experience to get others to understand the reality of the situation. I wasn’t a fan before, but I am now.

  • Rev. O.J. Flow

    Kudos to the man. That’s a seriously classy path to take.

  • K

    Good man, Craig Ferguson. Good man.

  • Jeanne

    I was watching on Monday night and I was very impressed by the monologue. The man has class, plain and simple. Good job Craig.

  • Bevvy

    Wow. Just wow. Why does the voice of reason have to come from a man who does comedy so late at night, past my own bedtime? Verruh, verruh classy.

  • brandonk

    I say Scottish accents are the hottest ever, Craig Ferguson seems like a nice guy, and “Saving Grace” was hilarious.

  • Mike

    First class all the way. Good for you Craig

    • Petr

      Ted sorry for Ted sorry for the delay in thanking you for pinsotg this. The last 90 seconds my DVR cut off were worth it, even if all the effort was yours. Thanks again!

  • Kaz

    Very classy.

  • aramis

    Of course he’s a good man. Classy, but still comical. Not a lot of him around in the late-night comedy realm. And, is it just me? Or is he even MORE cute than John Stewart? Is it possible? I think so…

  • Liz

    A kind voice in a cruel manipulative moment in our culture. I am guilty of reading the trash gossip blogs and daily admonish myself for what I am-a contributor to this sad sad time.
    Thanks Craig

  • Marcie

    I am impressed. I hope others will do the same.

  • Karla

    Thanks to Stephanie Travitsky for alerting us PopWatchers to Craig’s monologue on Tuesday!
    And yes, his eulogy for his father was brilliant. Not a dry eye in the house, but we were also laughing. He’s a master monologuist, and a fetching Sean Connery.
    Is there something about NOT being an American that makes a person intelligent? When I watch Craig’s monologues, which are literate, refer to poetry and the classics, and use big words, I wonder how he stays on the air. I’m sure his studio audiences understand only about a half of his references.
    But wasn’t it classy how he handled the audience’s kneejerk laughter about Britney? He really worked that crowd.
    We’re lucky to have such a smart, intelligent, mature, and kind man in American media – now if we could only import some more!

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