The Federal Communications Commission said there was nothing actionable about the late-night hosts sexual joke about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin
The Federal Communications Commission( FCC) has confirmed it will not take decisions against Stephen Colbert after several objections were filed after he made a joke about Donald Trump on his late-night slapstick present earlier this month.
The organization received thousands of complaints after the 1 May episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert after the host quipped The only thing[ Trumps] mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putins cock holster.
In the immediate aftermath critics indicated Colberts joke was homophobic, and within hours of it airing the hashtag #FireColbert began trending worldwide.
In a statement released to Variety, an FCC spokeperson told: Consistent with standard operating procedure, the FCCs enforcement bureau has reviewed the complaints and the material that was the subject of these complaints.
The Bureau has concluded that there was nothing actionable for the purposes of the FCCs regulations, it went on.
At the time the bodys chairman, Ajit Pai, said: We are going to apply the law as its been set out by the supreme court and other courts and well take the appropriate action.
Pai and the FCC have been criticised recently for their attempt to dismantle Obama-era net neutrality rules aimed at protecting an open internet.
Critics of the move say the changes could entail free speech would be at the mercy of broadband providers and could kill new or existing streaming services.
Colbert also managed to win the late-night ratings war, taking the biggest overall audience in the slot away from NBCs Tonight Show for the first time since 1995.
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