CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert grilled former President Clinton on Tuesday about his recent comments about Monica Lewinsky and the "Me Too" movement.

Colbert asked Clinton why he appeared surprised by questions about the Lewinsky affair during a recent interview, claiming that the incident was the most famous example of workplace sexual misconduct.


"You seemed surprised that that question would come up," he asked on "The Late Show." "That somehow this had all been adjudicated in the past and that there was no reason to talk about it again, when it seems that the spirit of the 'Me Too' movement is that it doesn't matter how long ago it happened.

"It seemed tone-deaf to me," Colbert continued, "because you seemed offended to be asked about this thing when, in all due respect sir, your behavior was the most famous example of a powerful man sexually misbehaving in the workplace of my lifetime."

"Why are you surprised?" he asked the former president.

Clinton said he was not offended when others had asked the same question, but that he bristled when asked about the 1998 scandal on NBC's "Today" earlier this week. He said the question that time was phrased "as if there was no attempt to hold me accountable."

"I realize ... there are a lot of people who don't have any memory of that, and I seem to be mad and 'tone-deaf,' to put it mildly," Clinton continued. "So last night, I was at my event, we did an event in Harlem, [with author] Walter Mosley, and I asked to say something about it. It's important. People need to know. I apologized. I meant it then, I mean it now.

"I've lived with the consequences, and I still support 'Me Too,'" Clinton added. "And I think we all need to keep trying to be doing better. And I would never dispute that."

Clinton's comments come after an interview on "Today" Monday in which he defended his decision to not privately apologize to Lewinsky. Clinton said he had publicly apologized to everyone for his behavior.

“I have never talked to her,” Clinton said during the NBC interview. “But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public.”

Clinton was sharply criticized for the comments, which stunned his allies and appeared out of step with current support for the "Me Too" and "Times Up" movements, which have sought to expose sexual misconduct in media, entertainment and politics.