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Stephen Colbert Expresses Remorse, Stops Short Of Apologizing For Jokes About Princess Kate

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Stephen Colbert addressed previous jokes he had made about Kate Middleton’s disappearance from public life while she was privately battling cancer.

He acknowledged that some of his jokes upset people and said he does not make light of other people’s tragedies.

“And for the last six weeks to two months, everybody has been talking about the mystery of Kate Middleton’s disappearance from public life,” Colbert said. “And two weeks ago, we did some jokes about that mystery and all the attendant fru-fra in the reporting about that.”

While not explicitly apologizing, Colbert extended well wishes for Middleton’s recovery and said any cancer diagnosis is harrowing for the patient and their family.

“And when I made those jokes, that upset some people, and even before her diagnosis was revealed, and I can understand that,” he added. “A lot of my jokes have upset people in the past, and I’m sure some of my jokes will upset people in the future. But there’s a standard that I try to hold myself to, and that is I do not make light of somebody else’s tragedy.”

“Now, I don’t know whether her prognosis is a tragic one, she’s the future Queen of England and I assume she’s going to get the best possible medical care,” Colbert said. “But regardless of what it is, I know, and I’m sure many of you, far too many of us know, that any cancer diagnosis of any kind is harrowing for the patient and for their family. And though I’m sure they don’t need it from me, I and everyone here at ‘The Late Show’ would like to extend our well wishes and heartfelt hope that her recovery is swift and thorough.”

He had fueled rumors about an alleged affair between Prince William and another woman during Middleton’s absence, which have since been denied and called extremely damaging.

“Internet sleuths are guessing that Kate’s absence may be related to her husband and the future king of England, William, having an affair,” Colbert said.

“So, I think we all know who the alleged other woman is. Say it with me –– the Marchioness of Cholmondeley –– what a beautiful name!” he said. “According to tabloids back then, when Kate supposedly confronted him about it, he laughed it off, saying there was nothing to it. Always a good response when your wife accuses you of cheating.”

Colbert recognized the need to be more sensitive given Middleton’s revealed health struggles.

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