Stephen Colbert addressed the controversy over his Donald Trump–Vladimir Putin joke from his show on Monday, saying he has no regrets and that he’d do it again:

“Now, folks, if you saw my monologue on Monday, you know that I was a little upset with 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.

Although he did address his critics who suggested his line — “The only thing [Trump’s] mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c**k holster”– was “homophobic“:

So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be. 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. And I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else, but, that.”

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