Stephen Colbert Defends Trump Jokes That Sparked #FireColbert Backlash

Stephen Colbert attends The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit tribute to Tom Hanks on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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Stephen Colbert photographed on Nov. 15, 2016, in New York City.

The Late Show's Stephen Colbert responded to the #FireColbert backlash that hit Twitter this week, calling out the late-night host for his jokes about Trump in Monday's monologue.

"Welcome to The Late Show. I'm your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I'm still the host!" Colbert said to open Wednesday's show, according to a transcript obtained by CNN.

During Monday's show, Colbert unleashed a string of jokes aimed at Trump after the president made comments about the "fake media" in his interview with CBS' John Dickerson, walking out of the interview after calling Dickerson's show "Deface the Nation."

"Now, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset at Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine," Colbert continued, referring to Dickerson. "So 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," Colbert said.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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