Colbert apologizes to Canada, admits he was ‘wrong’
Colbert previously called Canadians “nothing but maple-sucking moose humpers”
Host of American late-night satirical news show Stephen Colbert apologized to Canadians for the “awful things” he said about them on his show The Colbert Report.
“I cannot believe I’m saying this, but I was wrong about Canada,” Colbert said.
He recalled some of what he had previously said about Canadians.
“I’ve said you’re nothing but maple-sucking moose humpers… Tonight I’m going to do the most Canadian thing I can imagine, and say I am sorry,” he said.
In a segment highlighting the bravery of Canada’s Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who shot dead a lone gunman who had opened fire in and around the Canadian parliament last week, killing one soldier guarding a nearby war memorial.
After playing a clip describing how Vickers shot the gunman, Colbert excitedly reacted saying: “To hell with Bruce Willis,” in reference to the American action movie star.
“Look at this magnificent bastard,” Colbert added, in reference to Vickers.
By the end of the segment, Colbert rose to his feet, held up a microphone and prepared to sing Canada’s national anthem.
He did sing a verse of the lyrics, but to the melody of Frank Sinatra’s “The way you look tonight.”