Late Night Television Permanently Suspends The Joker From Talk Show Appearances Due To Risk Of Further Incitement Of Violence
GOTHAM — After years of giving widely-known-to-be-dangerous comic book villain The Joker an unmoderated megaphone resulted in a violent disaster, Late Night television permanently banned The Batman rival from talk show appearances yesterday afternoon, relieved sources report.
“After close review of Arthur Fleck’s recent segment on the Murray Franklin Show, and the context around it, we have prohibited him from all further television appearances,” said ViacomCBS Chief Executive Bob Bakish in a long overdue statement. “Our public interest framework, built on the principle of profits-over-people, exists to enable the public to hear from all comic book characters, even if they pose extreme public safety concerns. But we have determined that allowing people to murder and incite riots on live television is bad for our business model.”
Sources close to the Joker indicate he is spiraling out of control.
“As I have been saying for a long time, late night television has gone further and further in their censorship of villainous rhetoric, and tonight, executive producers have coordinated with Batman and the Democrats to remove me from their platform, to silence me,” Fleck said while trying to sneak onto the set of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “A total setup! LAW & ORDER!”
Outraged senate Republicans were quick to defend the maniacal comedian.
“This could not be more Orwellian. It’s not just a late night booking dispute: It’s a direct assault on the First Amendment,” said Josh Hawley (R-MO.), fist pumping at a crowd of white supremacist mob in an attempt to jumpstart his 2024 presidential campaign. “I guess only approved comedy can now be heard. I will fight this cancel culture with everything I have, even if it means the destruction of American democracy.”
At press time, congressional Republicans joined Batman supervillains in saying that Gotham PD seeking any accountability for The Joker’s actions would just unnecessarily divide the already-destroyed city.