Stephen Colbert has defended himself after users on Twitter responded to a message posted by his show's account.

The @ColbertReport account wrote on Thursday, "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." The post was later deleted.

The quote comes from a segment on The Coblert Report making fun of NFL team Washington Redskins and their owner Dan Snyder for creating the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation following criticism of his team's name.

#CancelColbert became a trending hashtag on the site by outraged users demanding Comedy Central cancel the show for Colbert's comments.

Stephen Colbert, who tweets with the @StephenAtHome account, wrote later, "#CancelColbert – I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I’m @StephenAtHome."

The @ColbertReport account is actually run by Comedy Central and not the host, as it cleared up on Twitter some time later. "This is a Comedy Central account, with no oversight from Stephen/show.  For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome Sorry for the confusion #CancelColbert," it wrote.

The hashtag is now being used by defenders of Colbert, who are taking other users to task for not recognizing the context of the quote.