Stephen Colbert is not apologizing for his comments about President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which were branded "homophobic" by some social media users.
On May 1, Colbert ended a 12-minute monologue about Trump's first 100 days in office by calling the president's mouth a "c*** holster" for Putin, the Daily Mail reported. The joke was deemed homophobic by some social media users, who called for Colbert's termination.
But Colbert responded to the #FireColbert trending topic on May 3.
"Welcome to The Late Show. I'm your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I'm still the host!" he jokingly said to open the show.
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"Now, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset at Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine," Colbert said, in reference to journalist John Dickerson. "So at the end of that monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return.
"I don't regret that. He, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes, he has the 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."
"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, is to me, an American hero," Colbert added. "I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But, that."
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Colbert went on to blast FBI Director James Comey for testifying in front of congress about his decision to reveal that he reopened the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her email server.
"For once, for once the big story is not Donald Trump," Colbert said. "It's why we have Donald Trump."
While speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3, Comey reflected on how his decision impacted the 2016 presidential election.
“It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election,” he told the senators, according to The New York Times. “But honestly, it wouldn’t change the decision.”
Comey said he had two choices: speak or conceal.
“Speak would be really bad. There's an election in 11 days, Lordy, that would be really bad," Comey said, according to Forbes. "Concealing in my view would be catastrophic, not just to the FBI, but well beyond. And honestly, as between really bad and catastrophic, I said to my team we got to walk into the world of really bad.”
"So he had to choose between 'really bad' and 'catastrophic' -- the same things the voters had to choose between," Colbert quipped.
Colbert also poked fun at White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for leaving a briefing early on May 2.