If you were looking for an apology from Stephen Colbert, you obviously don’t know Stephen Colbert very well.
In hindsight, he may have changed a few words.
Stephen Colbert does not regret the controversial oral-sex joke he made about President Donald Trump earlier this week that led to #FireColbert boycotts on Twitter.
But, if he were to do it again, Colbert would “change a few words,” he said during his show Wednesday evening.
“Welcome to The Late Show, I’m your host Stephen Colbert,” Colbert greeted his audience. “Still? Am I the host? I’m still the host!”
He then immediately addressed the joke he made about Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during his Monday evening show that some critics called homophobic.
“Now, folks, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset with Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine,” Colbert said. “So, at the end of that monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don’t regret that.”
“I believe he can take care of himself. I have jokes, he has the launch codes,” he continued. “While I would do it again, I would change a few words that were crueler than they needed to be.”
The joke that got certain people’s panties in a bunch was:
“Mr. Trump, your presidency, I love your presidency; I call it Disgrace the Nation. The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cockholster.”
The joke was met with backlash from Trump supporters and conservatives, and the #FireColbert hashtag started trending on Twitter.”
Life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person in their own way is, to me, an American hero,” Colbert said Wednesday.
Watch last night’s opening monologue below.