The Associated Press reported Tuesday evening that a spokesman for the Federal Communications Commission said the agency had received thousands of complaints about Colbert's joke directed at Trump on his May 1 show, so it reviewed the material as "standard operating procedure."
Here's Colbert's crack that caused the uproar: "In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c--k holster."
The FCC is responsible for reviewing indecent and obscene material on TV when complaints come in, and the agency has determined that the vulgar joke did not need to be fined or punished.
Many people attacked Colbert for the comment, even calling it "homophobic" at one point. Colbert addressed the backlash on his show thereafter saying, "I had a few choice insults for the President in return. I don’t regret that. I believe he can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it's a fair fight."
Backlash over the "c--k holster" remark was swift, and #FireColbert began trending quickly on social media. While the comedian said he would do the monologue all over again, he did say that he would "change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be."
Colbert has been leading late-night ratings with this daily take down of President Trump, which even led POTUS to call the comedian a "no-talent guy."
"There’s nothing funny about what he says, and what he says is filthy," Trump added in an interview.