Critics were incensed after Stephen Colbert made a crude joke about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on “The Late Show”, but it appears as though the U.S. Federal Communications Commission won’t be taking any action against the late-night funnyman or CBS, the network that broadcasts “The Late Show”.
As Variety reports, the FCC has released a statement on its review of the joke in question, in which Colbert quipped that “the only thing [Trump’s] mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c**k holster” (the offending word was bleeped).
“Consistent with standard operating procedure, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has reviewed the complaints and the material that was the subject of these complaints,” reads the FCC statement. “The Bureau has concluded that there was nothing actionable under the FCC’s rules.”
This, notes Variety, means that the FCC concluded that “Colbert’s remark did not rise to the level of obscenity or indecency to warrant any kind of sanction or fine.”
Following public uproar (primarily from Trump supporters), a defiant Colbert opened up a subsequent show by joking “Welcome to ‘The Late Show’. I’m your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I’m still the host!”
He went on to say “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 continued in defence of CBS’s 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.”
But the comedian didn’t beat around the bush too much regarding his alleged homophobia. “So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be,” Colbert said.
“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,” he added.
“I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But, that.”
You can watch “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global. You can also watch full episodes online.