Craig Ferguson Cuts Spears Slack

Host Craig Ferguson speaks during a segment of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at CBS Television City on December 12, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown

Craig Ferguson decided not to poke fun at Britney Spears for at least one night.

Ferguson, host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS, told viewers Monday that after seeing photos of the bald female pop star, he reconsidered making jokes at the expense of the "vulnerable."

"For me, comedy should have a certain amount of joy in it," Ferguson said. "It should be about attacking the powerful — the politicians, the Trumps, the blowhards — going after them. We shouldn't be attacking the vulnerable."

Photos: Britney Spears
He recalled his battle with alcoholism and said he considered committing suicide in 1992. Ferguson said he's been sober since then and worries that Spears may be having troubles of her own.

"Now I'm not saying Britney is alcoholic, I don't know what she is — alcoholic or not — but she clearly needs help," he said.

Spears made headlines over the weekend when she shaved her head at a Los Angeles hair salon and then went to a tattoo parlor where she had a pair of lips put on her wrist. The appearance came the same day as reports on TV and Web sites that Spears had briefly checked into a rehabilitation center.
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