By Michelle Kung
Updated February 22, 2007 at 08:44 PM EST

Finally, 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.

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