Earlier this week Colbert recited a controversial oral-sex joke about Trump that led to a #FireColbert campaign on Twitter.
On Monday, Colbert performed a monologue on the fact that Trump abruptly ended an interview with CBS News political director John Dickerson after the journalist had asked about Trump’s wiretapping claims against former U.S. president Barack Obama.
“Mr. Trump, your presidency, I love your presidency; I call it ‘Disgrace the Nation,'” Colbert said. “The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c*** holster.”
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) May 2, 2017
On Wednesday night, the host did say that if he had to do it all over again, he’d change a few words.
“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 immediately addressed the joke that he made about Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Monday show, which 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 cruder than they needed to be. ”
“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,” Colbert said. “I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else, but that.”
The joke from Monday’s episode sparked major backlash from Trump supporters and the #FireColbert hashtag started trending on Twitter.
This would be a fireable offense in better times. Worst thing about many Trump critics is they use him as an excuse to act as awful or worse https://t.co/7kIsJYHVnn
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) May 2, 2017
The fact that Colbert can make homophobic statements shows his privilege & systematic oppression of minority groups.#FireColbert
— Scott Presler (@ScottPresler) May 3, 2017
I agree #FireColbert
The disrespect is beyond belief.
— Laurie K Pate (@lkpate) May 4, 2017
#FireColbert They should fire the jerk…..👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻
— Joe Errico (@ErricoJoe) May 3, 2017
Other people on Twitter came to Colbert’s defence.
— uncleseedy (@uncleseedy) May 3, 2017
— Shella (@shella_4711) May 4, 2017
#FireColbert is so dumb lol. I never understand people who will try to get someone's livelihood taken away for jokes/opinions.
— Jon Jafari (@JonTronShow) May 3, 2017
— You are loved! (@Z_CR_C) May 3, 2017
If you heard the Billy Bush tape yet voted for/support Drumpf, and are now crying #FireColbert, your moral outrage card is revoked.
— Here the ppl Resist (@fairnatacat) May 3, 2017
WATCH BELOW: Stephen Colbert comes as close to one-on-one with Donald Trump as he can get
A new Twitter account called @firecolbert was created and began tweeting, “It’s time to #FireColbert! It’s time he be removed from CBS. Let your voice be heard! #Boycott all of Stephen Colbert’s advertisers.”
— Fire Colbert (@firecolbert) May 3, 2017
There is also a new website called, firecolbert.com, which sells T-shirts and coffee mugs with a photo of Colbert attached.
— Fire Colbert (@firecolbert) May 4, 2017
Watch Colbert refuse to apologize in the video above.