Late-night host Stephen Colbert was criticized after making a crude oral sex joke about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on Monday’s episode of The Late Show.
“You talk like a sign language gorilla that got hit in the head,” Colbert said of Trump. “In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”
While some defended the remark, others claimed it was homophobic.
Last night, Colbert addressed the controversy, stopping short of apologizing but conceding he “would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be.”
The longtime LGBT ally added, “Life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person in their own way is, to me, an American hero.”
Below is a full transcript of his comments:
Now, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset at 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, 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. I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But, that.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has said that if Colbert’s comments were found obscene there would be consequences.