Craig Ferguson defends Britney Spears from 2007 reserves

Craig Ferguson defends Britney Spears from 2007 reserves


One of the many topics examined in the excellent documentary Framing Britney Spears — which just hit Hulu last week — is the unnecessary cruelty and misogyny that Spears received during her career struggles in the 2000s.

Craig Ferguson may be no Chris Crocker, but the Peabody-winning television host recently went viral for defending Britney Spears during an opening monologue from 2007.

In the old Late Late Show clip, Ferguson asks for sympathy and understanding for the pop singer as she publicly went through a rough patch. From shaving her head to checking into rehab, the “Toxic” singer became the subject of jokes and grabby headlines for all forms of media.

“I’m starting to feel uncomfortable making fun of these people,” he said. “Comedy should have a certain amount of joy in it. It should be about us attacking the powerful people, attacking the politicians and the Trump and the blowhards, going after them. We should not be attacking the vulnerable people.”

The media was brutal — and late night hosts were no exception. Except, that is, for Craig Ferguson, whose monologue defending Spears during a 2007 episode of The Late Late Show has been making the rounds on the internet post-Framing.

Ferguson continues: “I think my aim’s been off a bit and I want to change it. So tonight no Britney Spears jokes. This woman has two kids. She’s 25 years old. She’s a baby herself. She’s a baby.”

Twitter user @BritneyHiatus shared the clip on the social media platform on Monday, which then went viral. They captioned the video, “Never forget when Craig Ferguson refused to make fun of Britney.”

The resurfacing of Ferguson’s speech comes as fans voice their support for the singer, who is currently battling to free herself from court-imposed conservatorship, with the #FreeBritney movement. The video also went viral after a new doc about the singer, titled The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears, debuted on Hulu and Fox on Feb. 5.

"People are falling apart! People are dying! That Anna Nicole Smith woman died!," he said. The studio audience laughed at the mention of Smith's name, to which Ferguson immediately replied, "It's not a joke!"

"I'm starting to feel a little bit uncomfortable about making fun of these people," he continued. "For me, comedy should have a certain amount of joy in it. It should be about always attacking the powerful people — attacking the politicians, and the Trumps, and the blowhards. Go after them!"

Ferguson was obviously right — the scrutiny and criticism Spears faced at that age was far from acceptable in any way, shape, or form. Good of him to be on the right side of history when so many weren't.