This spring’s #FireColbert movement isn’t getting any alley-oops from the FCC. The agency has determined that Colbert’s much discussed “c*ck holster” remark about President Donald Trump on May 1 is not worthy of a penalty.
Variety reports that no action will be taken over the Late Show host’s comments during that night’s monologue, namely Colbert’s assertion that “the only thing [Trump’s] mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c— holster.” Thousands of complaints emerged in the wake of the monologue jab and the ensuing controversy has only bulked up the program’s ratings.
“Consistent with standard operating procedure, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has reviewed the complaints and the material that was the subject of these complaints,” explain’s the FCC’s accompanying statement. “The Bureau has concluded that there was nothing actionable under the FCC’s rules.”
The lack of punishment signals that nothing was considered obscene or indecent in the controversial mini-roast, at least according to the bureau’s findings. Colbert did get a scolding from noted etiquette enthusiast President Trump over his remarks earlier in the month.
“You see a no-talent guy like Colbert. There’s nothing funny about what he says. And what he says is filthy,” said Trump in an interview with Time. “And you have kids watching. And it only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him. The guy was dying. By the way they were going to take him off television, then he started attacking me and he started doing better.”
The numbers do back up Trump’s observation that the Late Show has become much more popular since shifting into really tearing apart Trump. It’s almost as if he’s campaigning for ratings osmosis for Colbert calling him out on a nightly basis.