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'Late Show' host Stephen Colbert's lewd comments against Trump will be reviewed by the FCC

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UPDATE May 6 at 9:01 a.m. EST:

Comedian Stephen Colbert's profanity-filled monologue against President Donald Trump will be reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission because of viewer complaints, the agency's chairman, Ajit Pai, said in an interview Thursday. 

“We are going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we’ll take the appropriate action,” Pai said during an interview with Talk Radio 1210 WPHT


An FCC spokesman told CNN this is standard procedure whenever the agency receives a complaint. Once a complaint is filed, it is reviewed and according to the agency, "If the FCC determines the material is indecent or profane, we will take further action, including possibly imposing monetary penalties."

The FCC regulates programming on broadcast television and has specific rules for what can be aired at certain times. Programs like "The Late Show," which airs after 10 p.m., have looser rules but are still prohibited from airing certain content that's considered obscene. 

UPDATE 8:53 p.m. EST:

Amid backlash for his comments about Trump, Colbert responded to the Twitter campaign #FireColbert on Wednesday night's "Late Show." 

"Welcome to 'The Late Show.' I'm your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I'm still the host!" Colbert said at the top of the show, according to a transcript provided to CNN by CBS.

He continued, "Now, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset at Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine."

"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.


The insult Colbert was referring to implied that Trump was sexually involved with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Many found the insult lewd and offensive.

Though the late night host said he doesn't regret his words, he did say that he "would 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 added. "I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But, that."

ORIGINAL STORY: Stephen Colbert was his usual Stephen Colbert self on Monday, ripping on Trump. But this time, things went a little wrong. 

The late-night comedian made a comment during a monologue defending CBS colleague John Dickerson that implied that Trump would perform a sex act on Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

The joke inspired a good deal of criticism on social media. This morning, #FireColbert is trending. And people on both sides of the political divide in America are weighing in. 

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WATCH | Colbert's monologue defending CBS colleague John Dickerson 

Many online are unhappy with Colbert's comments. 

However, some on the left have pointed out supposed hypocrisy in criticisms from the right.

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