Late night host Stephen Colbert isn't backing away from crude statements he made on CBS' "The Late Show" Monday night, when he reduced President Donald Trump to less than Vladimir Putin's "c**k holster."
Addressing Monday's monologue during Wednesday's broadcast of his late-night show, Colbert admitted that he didn't regret of the comments he made about the president. Instead, would simply have changed his wording.
"Now, folks, if you saw my monologue on Monday," Colbert began, "you know that I was a little upset with Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine. So at the end of that monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return."
"I don't regret that," he said, to uproarious cheers from the studio audience.
"I believe he can take care of himself," Colbert reasoned. "I have jokes, he has launch codes. So it's a fair fight.
"So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be," he said, likely referring to the oral sex joke he made about Trump and Putin. "Now, I'm not going to repeat the phrase, but I just want to say, for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person in their own way, to me, is an American hero.
"I think we can all agree on that," he concluded. "I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else, but that."
Colbert eviscerated the president during Monday's monologue and said, “Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine. You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign language gorilla who got hit in the head. In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c**k holster.”
Colbert faced major backlash from across the political spectrum — some calling him out for his disrespect of the president and some calling him out for "homophobia." Colbert's monologue even triggered a hashtag in his "honor," #FireColbert:
Time for him to go. Total trash. I will boycott advertisers. #FireColbert
— hank_1972 (@Hank_1972) May 3, 2017
So, Colbert is saying homophobic things again? Disappointing that CBS supports and empowers this. #firecolbert
— Michael Oxley (@Truthchampion16) May 2, 2017
Hey @CBS#StephenColbert is NOT a comic. I NEVER tune in because of his hate-filled attitude towards @POTUS@realDonaldTrump#FireColbert
— Rep. B.J. Nikkel (@RepBJNikkel) May 3, 2017
I don't know that it was homophobic, but Colbert's comment was very inappropriate and not funny enough to be worth the risk #firecolbert
— Kimbro13 (@kimbro1360) May 2, 2017
See Colbert go on the offensive again during Wednesday's CBS broadcast below.