Stephen Colbert responds to 'homophobic' Donald Trump joke backlash: 'I would do it again'

'I have jokes, he has the launch codes. So, it's a fair fight'

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US late night host Stephen Colbert has responded to the backlash he received following a Donald Trump joke that many viewers deemed 'homophobic.'

The Late Show host became the subject of the Twitter hashtag #FireColbert after stating that the only thing Trump's "mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c**k holster" in his opening monologue - something Colbert addressed the following evening (3 May).

He started the show by saying: “Welcome to The Late Show. I'm your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I'm still the host!” 

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Colbert had gone off on Trump over the President's treatment of CBS News' John Dickerson, when he questioned his unproven claims that he had been wiretapped by Obama.

He continued: “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.

“So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be," Colbert capped. "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.”