Stephen Colbert responds to calls to fire him for that Trump-Putin joke
On Wednesday’s show, the late night host acknowledged the furore he caused on Monday when he said Trump’s mouth was only good for being Vladimir Putin’s “c**k holster.”
“Welcome to The Late Show. I’m your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I’m still the host!” he said, according to a transcript provided to CNN. “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 hindsight he would have changed “a few words that were cruder than they needed to be,” but didn’t back down from what he had said.
“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,” he added.
“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. I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that.
“Nothing else…But, that.”