FCC to investigate Stephen Colbert over Donald Trump joke

The fallout continues over Stephen Colbert’s controversial joke about President Trump during his opening monologue Monday night on “The Late Show.”

During an interview Thursday on Philadelphia’s Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said the agency was going to investigate whether the joke violated any of its regulations.

“I have had a chance to see the clip now and so, as we get complaints — and we’ve gotten a number of them — 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,” he said.

If the FCC finds that Colbert’s Trump joke did cross a line, he could be slapped with a fine.

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Colbert’s joke about President Trump has received a lot of backlash. 

Colbert’s joke about President Trump has received a lot of backlash. 

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Colbert opened Monday’s show with several jokes about the President, but one in particular struck a hard nerve with viewers.

“The only thing (Trump’s) mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster,” the late night host cracked.

Many people labeled the joke as homophobic and the hashtag #FireColbert started gaining traction on Twitter.

On Wednesday’s show, Colbert admitted that the joke was “cruder” than it needed to be.

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“So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be,” he said, not really offering an apology.

“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.”

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