The comedian is the host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, a late night American TV sitcom.
The hashtag ‘#firecolbert’ went viral and is still trending because of a Donald Trump joke he said during Tuesday’s show.
Earlier this week, President Trump walked out of an interview with CBS Political Host, John Dickerson. The walk-out occurred after Trump was asked by the journalist if he still stood by claims that Former US President, Obama wiretapped him during his presidential campaign.
The Late Show host’s controversial joke in his opening monologue outraged Trump supporters which resulted in the trending hashtag calling for him to get sacked.
The joke Colbert said about Trump was, “the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c-*k holster.”
This joke was only one amid an opening monologue which poked fun at the President, causing much public backlash towards the host.
Other jokes said by Colbert in the segment included, “Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogain,” and “you have more people marching against you than cancer.”
Within hours of the show airing, the hashtag ‘#firecolbert’ had become the most popular trending subject on Twitter.
It quickly spread to other platforms, reaching people all over the world in protest, claiming the ‘holster’ joke to be homophobic.
However, the host made remarks in his following show that poked fun at the campaign aimed to get him fired.
“Welcome to ‘The Late Show.’ I’m your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I’m still the host!”
Allegations towards the host for being homophobic were also addressed in the opening monologue of the following episode. Colbert defending himself, while saying he isn’t backing down from previous statements.
“So, while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be,” Colbert said.
“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,” he said.
Regarding his statements about Trump, he says, “…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.”
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