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Stephen Colbert is no stranger to being in hot water, as his satire-gone-rogue brand of comedy does not dissuade emotional responses. An overwhelming outcry followed a joke he told earlier this week during a monologue about Donald Trump, in which he...well, he made a rather foul remark, and people once again dusted off that #FireColbert hashtag and called for CBS to wallop the Late Show host with pink slips. Addressing the issue on Wednesday night's monologue, Colbert offered an expected non-apology, saying this:
Remorse, thy name is anything but Stephen Colbert, who preceded that response by introducing himself and then questioning whether he actually was still the Late Show host or not. And when he threw his hands up in the air to celebrate his continued reign, you just knew that nothing he said next would offer a legitimate olive branch to anyone that'd railed against him in the previous day and a half. At least not those mad about him insulting the POTUS directly.
Referring to the most damning insult he spouted, one that involved Vladamir Putin, Stephen Colbert chose not to use the phrase again, thus not stirring more homophobia claims. He then offered a quaint little message about how love is all you need. Wait, that was The Beatles, but it's mostly the same idea. Colbert then plunged into talking about the FBI's James Comey, and peace befell the entire world.
While it does cause wonder for the somewhat stodgy CBS to be on board with allowing a backlash like this, it's not so suspect for Stephen Colbert. When #FireColbert was going strong back when he was on Comedy Central, both the host and the network were fine to milk the controversy for ratings' worth, and it worked well enough. Given how heated the ratings game has gotten between The Late Show and Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show in recent months, no surprises are embedded in Colbert stoking the flames in his signature style.
You can watch the monologue in question in the video below.