An old clip of late-night host Craig Ferguson refusing to make fun of Britney Spears has resurfaced on social media after a new documentary about the singer was released.
Spears famously shaved her head in front of paparazzi after leaving rehab in 2007.
While others joked about the incident, Ferguson criticised the act of mocking vulnerable celebrities and declined to join in.
He compared the media frenzy to the TV show America's Funniest Home Videos stating: “You'd be laughing at the kid falling over and you're like wait a minute, put down the damn camera and help your kid."'
Ferguson said “people are falling apart, people are dying,” referring to Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith, who had just passed away from an overdose at the age of 39.
When people in the audience started laughing after he mentioned she died, he continued: “It's not a joke. It stops being funny.”
He added he had begun to “feel uncomfortable about making fun of these people” and added comedy should be about “attacking the powerful people, the politicians and the Trumps and the blowhards... We shouldn't be attacking the vulnerable people.”
The then host of The Late Late Show went on to admit his own previous mistakes and vowed not to ridicule Spears.
“This is totally a mea culpa, this is just for me. I think my aim has been off a bit recently and 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.”