“If you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset at Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine,” Colbert told his audience, according to a transcript released by CBS. “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.”
Though he said he would absolutely “do it again,” Colbert admitted that he would probably “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,” he continued. “I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But that.”
We’re guessing that Colbert was choosing not to repeat the part where he told Trump, “The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.” It was easily his most savage insult; the others, including calling him the “presi-dunce,” were mostly just playful puns.
Watch video of Colbert’s monologue above, then drop a comment with your thoughts on his revision.