Those waiting for Stephen Colbert to apologize for a dirty joke he made at Donald Trump's expense on Monday night...
... are going to need to keep waiting.
Seemingly for a very long time, based on what the comedian said on Wednesday.
To kick off his run of Late Show episodes this week, Colbert slammed the President repeatedly a few nights ago, hurling one harsh joke after another at Trump before concluding as follows:
The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.
LOL? Or WTH?
That remains the debate online, as at least one contingent of Internet users has started a #FireColbert campaign on Twitter, believing the host went way too far in making this homophobic remark.
(Quick Aside: This joke was not homophobic. Just because something is about homosexuality does not make it homophobic. Where in that quip is Colbert being anti-gay in any way?
He's simply saying Trump likes Putin so much that he wants to give him a blow job. Go ahead and be offended by it if you'd like, but not because Colbert is being insulting here to the LGBT community.)
Colbert went off on Trump after Trump dissed CBS News correspondent John Dickerson early in the week.
So that's what led up to Wednesday evening and Colbert addressing the backlash he's received in the media.
“Welcome to The Late Show. I’m your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I’m still the host!!” Colbert joked to open the program.
He then delved straight into the hot button topic, noting Trump cutting an interview short with Dickerson over the weekend and continuing as follows:
“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.
Colbert did acknowledge that he might say things differently if he had to do it again.
There was no apology here, but there was a recognition that he could have made the same point without using the exact same language.
"While I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be," he explained, adding:
"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."
It's clear with this conclusion that Colbert wanted to avoid any perception at all that he's homophobic.
Which we understand; although, as noted above, it doesn't make much sense why anyone would interpret his Trump joke in that manner.
This has been quite the week for late-night talk show hosts to make news in the political arena.
Taking a very different tact, Jimmy Kimmel also called out Donald Trump on Monday for wanting to slash health service funding in his latest budget proposal.
But Kimmel did so by telling the story of his newborn son and the heart surgery the child needed last week
Get out a box of tissues and watch that monologue above.