September 27, 2010
Posted: 03:19 PM ET
Washington (CNN) – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said comedian Stephen Colbert embarrassed himself last week when he testified before Congress.
"I think his testimony was not appropriate," Hoyer told FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
Colbert, the popular host of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central, spoke in character before members of a House judiciary subcommittee Friday to bring attention to the conditions facing undocumented farm workers. Colbert often spoke sarcastically, prompting laughter in the hearing room and drawing Republicans' scorn.
Colbert was invited to testify by the subcommittee chairwoman, California Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren.
Hoyer said on FOX that the testimony "was an embarrassment for Colbert more than for the House."
"What he had to say I think was not the way it should have been said," Hoyer said. "If he had a position on the issues he should have given those issues."
Hoyer said this was his "personal opinion." His views differed from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called Colbert's testimony "great."
"He's an American. He comes before the committee. He has a point of view," Pelosi said Friday. "It can bring attention to an important issue like immigration. I think it's great."
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