First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts Event For Spouses Of Government Leaders During UN General Assembly"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert stands by his recent monologue taking shots at President Trump, only wishing he hadn't used a crude joke that some viewers found homophobic.

Colbert's monologue from Monday night -- titled "This Monologue Goes Out To You, Mr. President" -- has nearly 4 million views on YouTube. In it, he rails against Trump for insulting CBS News reporter John Dickerson. Here's the phrase Colbert now wishes he could change: "The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin's c–k holster."

That led critics to launch the hashtag #FireColbert, and the host addressed the backlash at the start of last night's show:

"Welcome to 'The Late Show.' I'm your host, Stephen Colbert.

Still? I am still the host?

I'm still the host!!

Now, folks, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset with 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.

So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be. Now, 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. I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else but that."


Watch Monday's monologue:

And here's Wednesday's monologue:

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