Did Stephen Colbert actually just defend Fox News’ Tucker Carlson?

Well, yes. And no.

On Friday’s episode of “The Late Show,” host Colbert waded into Carlson’s beef with Michael Avenatti, the attorney for former porn star Stormy Daniels.

Earlier this week, Carlson again dubbed Avenatti the “creepy porn lawyer” as he criticized “The View” for dedicating three segments to him and Daniels.

Avenatti responded on Twitter:

Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson @TuckerCarlson: Do you truly expect people to believe that you have never viewed porn? When is the last time you viewed porn? You demean my client and me because of her profession, meanwhile you are an absolute hypocrite. Nobody likes a hypocrite.

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 13, 2018

Colbert couldn’t help but be faux outraged at the reply.

“That is a low blow, Avenatti. You leave Tucker alone,” he sarcastically said.

Colbert continued:

“Do you think he likes being a hypocrite? No, but it’s part of his job. Yes, over the years, Tucker has debased himself. He has degraded his reputation by saying disgusting things with his mouth all in front a camera for the cheap thrills of an audience of old men just for a few dollars, but he needed the money. Look, all I’m saying is being Tucker Carlson is a legitimate profession. You just shudder to think of your children growing up to do it. He’s somebody’s little boy.”

Colbert’s show was pre-taped Thursday, so he didn’t even get into Avenatti’s showdown with Carlson on his show that night.

Check out the clip here:

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