The Federal Communications Commission said it will investigate late night talk show host Stephen Colbert after receiving complaints about the comedian’s commentary earlier last Monday, the Gateway Pundit reports.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will “take the appropriate action” after a comprehensive investigation of Colbert’s controversial monologue where he unleashed a flood of insults at President Donald Trump.
Among them, he made referenced to Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin engaging in oral sex.
The remarks led to a #FireColbert backlash on social media where others thought the joke was homophobic.
If the comedian is found to be in violation of the FCC standards, then the commission would typically slap a fine that depends on the severity of the infraction, according to Pai.
The FCC looks for “indecent” speech before 10 p.m. and flags “obscene” content right after that. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.
During his opening monologue Wednesday, Colbert said he regretted his choice of words but did not offer an apology.