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Watch Stephen Colbert Address Controversial Anti-Trump Rant: ‘I Would Change a Few Words’

Stephen Colbert opened his show on Wednesday by discussing his controversial anti-Trump rant on Monday’s Late Show. And while he stood by most of his remarks, he did allow that he might alter a few of the “cruder” terms that he used if he had it to do over agaim.

“I had a few choice insults for the president…I don’t regret that,” Colbert said. “He, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So it’s a fair fight.”

Then Colbert moved on to the part for which he expressed some regret.

“While I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be,” Colbert said.

Presumably, Colbert was referring to this comment:

“The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster,” Colbert said Monday.

That comment drew fire from both the left and the right. Some on the left called out the comment for being homophobic, while some on the right criticized Colbert for the vitriol with which he attacked the President.

“I’m not going to repeat the phrase,” Colbert said Wednesday. “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.”

In what was likely a reference to the #fireColbert hashtag which has gained some traction on Twitter, the Late Show host said at the outset:

“Welcome to the Late Show. I’m your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? Am I still the host? I’m still the host!”

Watch above, via CBS.

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