The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will not take any action against late night host Stephen Colbert after the agency received over 6,000 complaints — mainly from the far right — over his controversial joke about President Trump and Vladimir Putin.
“Consistent with standard operating procedure, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has reviewed the complaints and the material that was the subject of these complaints. The Bureau has concluded that there was nothing actionable under the FCC’s rules,” the FCC said in a Tuesday statement.
Earlier this month, Colbert delivered a scathing anti-Trump monologue that included a joke about the president’s mouth being Vladimir Putin’s “c*ckholster.”
The late night host defended fellow CBS host and journalist John Dickerson after the president referred to his award-winning news program “Face the Nation” as “Deface the Nation.”
“Donald Trump, John Dickerson is a fair-minded journalist and one of the most competent people who will ever walk into your office,” Colbert told his audience.
Dickerson has too much “dignity to trade insults with the president of the United States to his face,” Colbert said, adding, “But I, sir, am no John Dickerson.”
“Here we go,” Colbert said, before launching a blistering takedown of Trump.
“Mr. Trump, your presidency? I love your presidency, I call it ‘Disgrace the Nation.’” Colbert said. “You’re not the POTUS, you’re the BLOTUS. You’re the glutton with a button. You’re a regular ‘Gorge’ Washington. You’re the presi-dunce. But you’re turning into a real prictator.”
Trump “attracts more skinheads than free Rogaine,” has “more people marching against [him] than cancer,” and talks “like a sign-language gorilla who got hit in the head.”
During the television broadcast, Colbert’s explicit words were bleeped and his mouth blurred.
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Colbert defended his joke, saying it was a “fair fight” against the president, but that he “would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be.”
“So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be,” Colbert said.
“I had a few choice insults for the president … 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.”
Watch Colbert’s full monologue, below: