11/15/2012 09:29 am ET

Jon Stewart Rips BBC: 'At Least Someone Got Accused Of Pedophilia' (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart laid into the BBC on Wednesday night, quipping that the British broadcaster's sex abuse crisis made News Corp.'s phone hacking scandal "look almost quaint."

Last week, the director-general of the BBC George Entwistle stepped down after the program "Newsnight" wrongly accused a politician of sexual abuse. The erroneous report came soon after news broke that same program axed an investigative story outing famed British broadcaster and former BBC host Jimmy Savile as a serial child sex offender. The program aired Christmas tributes to the broadcaster instead.

American broadcasters likened Savile to Dick Clark. "Wait. That guy," Stewart said pointing to a photo of an elderly Savile wearing his bleached blond hair, pink sunglasses, and smoking a cigar. "Creepy looking dude is Britain's Dick Clark?..I don't want to judge a book by its cover, but if this fella was a book, I'm pretty sure the cover would be: 'Don't Leave Me Alone With Your Children, The Jimmy Savile Story.'"

He continued, "Please tell me does not get worse." He then played a clip from a news report describing the BBC inaccurately accusing a politician of sexual abuse at a children's home. "Holy shit," Stewart said. "Although on the bright side, at least someone got accused of pedophilia, right? Not the right guy but ehhh baby steps."



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