Craig Ferguson is getting his virtual props for a resurfaced 2007 monologue from The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson in which he declared he would not be making any jokes about Britney Spears. 

The clip aired around the time that Spears was struggling with her mental health, leading to her checking into rehab for a day, shaving her head, and being photographed brandishing an umbrella as photographers tried to follow her. 

Ferguson’s Late Late Show monologue went viral after Spears’ struggle in the spotlight was highlighted in the recent New York Times’ documentary, Framing Britney Spears, which premiered on Friday.  

In his monologue, Ferguson talked about the dangers of the media picking on the most vulnerable members of society.

“It’s been happening in the press and the media recently, particularly in the so-called ‘news outlets,'” Ferguson said, motioning air quotes. “I kind of had similar feelings when I used to watch America’s Funniest Home Videos. You’re laughing at the kid falling over and then you go, ‘Wait a minute, put down the damn camera and help your kid!’ And I think we’re kind of holding the camera and people are falling apart.” 

The episode aired days after the February 2007 death of Anna Nicole Smith, and Ferguson mentioned it to the live audience. 

“People are dying. That Anna Nicole Smith woman, she died,” Ferguson said, as several members of the audience laughed. “It’s not a joke! You know it stops being funny. She’s got a 6-month-old kid. What the hell is that? I’m starting to feel uncomfortable making fun of these people. It should be about attacking the powerful people, attacking the politicians and the Trumps and the blowhards, go after them.”

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He went on to take some responsibility himself, adding, “I think my aim’s been off a bit recently. I want to change it a bit, 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.” 

Following the release of Framing Britney Spears, many celebrities have spoken out in support of the 39-year-old singer.

For more from the documentary, watch ET’s exclusive interview with the director below.

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