Stephen Colbert reported on the chaos in Rio ahead of the upcoming Summer Olympics on Tuesday’s Late Show.
“Just yesterday, Rio’s acting governor warned ‘The Olympics could be a big failure,’ which is actually an improvement because until yesterday, it looked like a massive catastrophe,” Colbert said about the Rio games, which have been subjected to a constant stream of setbacks.
“The Olympics are in real trouble: Many of the venues are still unfinished, possibly because over $10 billion dollars in construction contracts went to just five firms, all of which are already under investigation for price fixing and kickbacks, and this has already led to top executives being jailed or charged. Though on the plus side for those executives, the prisons won’t be completed until 2036.”
“But corruption and crime aren’t the only thing plaguing the Olympics: There is also actual plague,” Colbert exclaimed. “Because fear over the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects, has led some athletes to stay home, and others to take special precautions like freezing their sperm.”
“What’s going on in there?” Colbert jokes, knocking on his desk. “Don’t open the door. I’m training for the Olympics!”