Stephen Colbert was roasted on social media for saying he would be willing to pay more for gas because he can afford an all-electric Tesla.
The CBS “Late Show” host gave a monologue on Monday in which he urged Americans to endure higher pas prices as energy costs soar due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“Since the invasion, oil prices have skyrocketed,” Colbert said on his show.
“Today, the average gas price in America hit an all-time record high of over $4 per gallon. Okay, that stings, but a clear conscience is worth a buck or two,” said Colbert, whose contract with CBS pays him an annual salary of $15 million per year.
“I’m willing to pay. I’m willing to pay $4 a gallon. Hell, I’ll pay $15 a gallon because I drive a Tesla.”
The comedian then cracked a joke about the US refusing to buy Russian oil and instead turning to another source.
“Take that, Putin! We’re not gonna buy our gas from a war criminal,” Colbert said. “We’re gonna buy it from the good guys, Saudi Arabia!”
Colbert, whose net worth has been estimated at $75 million, was blasted for being out of touch with ordinary Americans who must bear the cost of higher gas prices.
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