Stephen Colbert Defends Larry Wilmore’s ‘Great’ White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech (Video)

“People in Washington aren’t used to seeing two black men speaking at the same event,” Colbert says

Stephen Colbert came to the defense of Larry Wilmore’s “great” White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech during his “Late Show” opening monologue on Monday.

“[Wilmore] stunned that room,” Colbert said of the “Nightly Show” host. “People in Washington aren’t used to seeing two black men speaking at the same event. There was a little controversy, a moment at the end where Larry said the n-word. It was shocking, but it did lay the groundwork for President Trump to say it next year.”

“Personally, I thought Larry gave a great speech,” Colbert, who gave one himself at the event in 2006, continued. “He did not let the President or the press off the hook and I am confident that Larry will receive the ultimate recognition for his work — never being invited back.”

Wilmore earned plenty of groans from the assembled press for his speech, which largely focused on the failures of the mainstream media.

Watch the video above.