Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Stephen Colbert Addresses Monologue Joke Controversy

Stephen Colbert Addresses Monologue Joke Controversy

I have jokes; he has the launch codes.

Colbert stayed silent about the controversy on social media, and on Tuesday's show, but he discussed it at the start of Wednesday's show.

Stephen Colbert did not back down Wednesday night amid fierce backlash that was unleashed against the late night comic after he went on a lengthy tirade against President Trump.

"The Late Show" host was facing calls for him to be fired and to boycott his show after hurling a gay sex remark at Trump while defending the honor of CBS News host John Dickerson - the hashtag #FireColbert was trending online. Breitbart declared, "Stephen Colbert unleashed a blistering, profanity-laced barrage of personal insults against President Donald Trump". Those insults included the implication that the president was in the habit of performing sexual favors for Russian leader Vladimir Putin - a joke many said was unnecessarily vulgar, and which some said was homophobic. "So, it's a fair fight".

Colbert responded to the furore during last night's (May 3) monologue, where he began by saying: "Welcome to The Late Show". Both Colbert and Dickerson are CBS employees, as well as friends. "I'm still the host!" he says in opening the taped show, according to a transcript obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

About 11 minutes into his monologue on Monday, Colbert said: "Mr Trump, your presidency, I love your presidency". Still? Am I still the host?

"Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine". The thing here is that regardless of whatever your political affiliation is, odds are that you are going to remember that there are some other things in this world to worry about than a joke that was told on a late-night comedy show.

"I don't regret that", he said as the audience cheered. "Let me introduce you to something we call The Tiffany Way: When you insult one member of the CBS family, you insult us all".

"I don't even like Stephen Colbert - but I would not want anyone to try and shut him down or anyone else". This is what it feels like when America's made great again.

Still, he acknowledges the phrase "c*ck holder" conjured some consternation among the LGBT community, who regard the term as homophobic.

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