CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert is in the hot seat over a joke targeting Donald Trump during Monday night’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Variety reports that the joke is being called homophobic.
“During his opening monologue, Colbert went off on Trump over the President’s treatment of CBS News’ John Dickerson, who saw an interview with Trump abruptly ended when he asked about the President’s unproven claims that then-President Obama had wiretapped Trump and members of his campaign,” Variety reports. “As Dickerson and Colbert are both CBS employees, Colbert felt it his duty to say the things Dickerson himself could not.”
The monologue can be seen in the clip below, posted by CBS. The line that is getting most of the attention is one in which Colbert says during a torrent of insults aimed at Trump: “The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.”
“The final remark has drawn the Internet’s ire, with viewers taking to social media to declare Colbert is homophobic,” Variety reports. “The hashtag #FireColbert began spreading around Twitter, along with calls for people to boycott sponsors of the late-night show.”
Below is the monologue. Around the 8:29 mark, things begin to break down in the Dickerson-Trump interview, and the torrent of insults by Colbert directed at Trump — including the (censored) controversial line — begins at about the 11:12 mark …