Late night comedians dedicated parts of their monologues to the shocking dismissal of the 16 criminal charges made against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.
Having asserted that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime late January, Smollett quickly became the suspect of a hoax who allegedly organized his own attack to help increase his pay on this show. However, the Cook County State Attorney's Office suddenly abolished all charges against Smollett, but insisted that the actor was not released from his alleged crimes.
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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert began by expressing his confusion over the sudden turn.
"It just makes no sense," Colbert told his audience.
The CBS star had fun at the expense of the Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who at a press conference said he believed "justice" in the Smollett case would be an "excuse" for the city.
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Colbert saw a silver lining in the outcome.
" Isn't it a sign of America that, regardless of race or sexual orientation
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"Jimmy Kimmel Live" host Jimmy Kimmel noted a trend among messages of high-profile criminal cases not pursued.
"That's what it is now. Everyone we believe committed crimes, did not. R. Kelly and Felicity Huffman, you're free to go," Kimmel jumped.
"The Late Late Show" hosted James Corden also pointed out how Smollett "is not accused of a crime" but he has not been officially liberated.
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"So if nothing else, he's now qualified to be the US president," Corden said to his audience.
Meanwhile, "Daily Show" called Trevor Noah Special Counsel Robert Mueller to get to the bottom of what he called the most weird news in America. "
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" Wait so Jussie was free, but he's not innocent, but he's not guilty either … what? "Noah said." We need someone to figure it out – "Mueller, we have a new case for you! And this time, just tell us what happened! & # 39;"