Stephen Colbert says he doesn't regret insulting President Trump in Monday's Late Show monologue but if he did it again, he would probably "change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be." The host opened his Wednesday monologue by addressing the controversy that caused the #FireColbert hashtag to trend, saying: "I’m your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I'm still the host!," reports the Washington Post. Colbert was accused of using homophobic language in Monday's stream of insults, when he said the only thing Trump's mouth was good for was being "Vladimir Putin's c--- holster."
The insult led to calls for Colbert's firing and a boycott of the CBS show. "I was a little upset at Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine," Colbert said Wednesday, referring to Trump's interview with Face the Nation's John Dickerson, the AP reports. "So at the end of that monologue I had a few choice insults for the president in return," Colbert continued. "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." He added: "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."