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President Trump’s controversial pick for secretary of labor, fast food CEO Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination Wednesday after a week of scrutiny over decades-old abuse allegations from his ex-wife (since retracted).
On Wednesday’s episode of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert reflected on the straw that broke the camel’s back for Puzder — and the powerful figure behind it all.
“He had an undocumented housekeeper, made ads that famously objectified women, and called his own fast food employees ‘the worst of the worst,'” Colbert said of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s boss. But despite all that, Republicans were still on board with Puzder until a videotape surfaced of his ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, alleging spousal abuse while in disguise on a 1990 talk show.
“Who brought that tape to light?” Colbert asked. “I mean, who is powerful enough to topple a cabinet secretary? You guessed it — Oprah! Thank you, Oprah, thank you!”
Check out the clip below.
In actuality, it was Politico who unearthed the video of Fierstein after months of research and investigation. According to reporter Marianne Levine, the journalist who broke the story, “The Oprah Winfrey Network, which retained rights to the show, declined to release old episodes or help research when it might have aired.” Levine obtained the video through another party, “Charlotte Fedders, a victim of domestic violence whose former husband was forced to resign as the head of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission after The Wall Street Journal wrote about her charges in the 1980s.”
The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.