Well, on tonight’s new episode of The Late Show, he made it clear that he had no specific regrets over what happened. Yet, at the same time there is one phrase in particular about Trump and Vladimir Putin that, in retrospect, he would do a little bit different if he had a chance to do so.
You can see a transcript, per Vulture, of some of what Stephen had to say about his comments and the reaction:
“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. 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.”
Ultimately, that’s probably the end of this. Stephen addressed it, we doubt he’ll say the same joke in the exact same way again, and eventually some of the people who wanted him fired will probably find something else to boycott. The thing here is that regardless of whatever your political affiliation is, odds are that you are going to remember that there are some other things in this world to worry about than a joke that was told on a late-night comedy show. Also, we’ve heard far worse things said from other people who are actually in a position of power.
One other Colbert announcement is a little bit more negative is that on next Tuesday, we are going to see a Daily Show reunion with Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry all stopping by.
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