Stephen Colbert goes hard on MTV, Daft Punk for canceling appearance

So, this has turned into a thing. And I’m loving it. Daft Punk were supposed to make an appearance on Tuesday’s Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert, as part of his “Colbchella” music festival. Daft Punk scheduled the appearance, then MTV threw a hissy fit because Daft Punk were supposed to make a “surprise” appearance at the VMAs later this month and MTV claimed that had the exclusive performance. So, Colbert’s show was left in the lurch and on Tuesday night, he basically ripped MTV (and Daft Punk) a new one. He said, in part: “We booked Click and Clack over here about a month ago. Apparently, Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. Don’t tell anyone, because fun fact: No one told me until two hours ago.” Colbert says he pitched a compromise with MTV: “These Daft Punk guys are French — they’re not really into exclusive relationships. I thought we could have a ‘menage-a-show’ and maybe they could do us both. Although working twice in one month is a little more than the French are used to.”

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So what did Colbert do instead? He Got Lucky with Hugh Laurie, Matt Damon, Jimmy Fallon, Jeff Bridges, the Rockettes and Bryan Cranston. DANCE PARTY!!

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I will forever love Jeff Bridges for doing a butt-tastic dance in a stairwell. I will forever love Bryan Cranston for that outfit. Amazing!

Then, of course, Colbert got Robin Thicke to come on and do “Blurred Lines”. Song of the summer! How nice is it that Thicke came on at the last minute? So nice.

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  1. MeowuiRose says:

    Lol! I love it! Colbert is the best!!!! I want to like Robin Thicke but I hear he is a really questionable fella :-/

    • Sanaa says:

      Yes, I feel like alot of Robins new fans arent paying attention to the proof of douche he has been providing steadily.

    • HH says:

      I can’t get into Robin Thicke. It would be too much ego in my life. I’ve loved JT forever, but he’s definitely taking a dip into questionable douche territory. I can’t add Robin on top of that.

    • Toot says:

      I’m a longtime fan of Robin and I never got a douche vibe from him. He said himself that “Blurred Lines” was just a silly song he did to have some fun with.

      Robin always jokes around, but he’s a nice guy.

    • jaye says:

      I don’t get the whole douche thing when it comes to Robin Thicke. Are there stories about him? If so, do tell.

      • Naye in VA says:

        Seriously, I’ve never heard anything bad about Robin Thicke. He’s been puttin gout good music for years, and is jsut now getting the mainstream recognition he deserves. He’s been with his wife since they were in highschool, and they just had a kid like 3 years ago, and she’s in many of his videos. He does Real House Husbands of Hollywood on BET and is really cute and funny on there, am I’m gonna say it, a lot of white stars wouldn’t touch BET anything. He’s also really professional about his work. I think maybe people are jumping on his looks. The hair flip can be considered douchey…

  2. blue marie says:

    gah, I love Colbert. and to me Thicke is the better “get” I prefer his song/him over Daft Punk (their name’s kind of fitting)

    and how can MTV get pissed, they haven’t shown videos in freakin years..

  3. Spooks says:

    Oh, Stephen, I love you. That’s all I have to say.

  4. daisieb says:

    The most mind-blowing of all was Henry Kissinger. That bit was worthy of at least three Emmy’s for sheer brilliance.

  5. RHONYC says:

    ha-HA! don’t eff with Stephen…he’s a rockstar & always right!

    Bryan Cranston @ min 3:10 just made. my. LIFE!

    Jeff Bridges booty stair dance & Matt Damon’s booth dance were awesome.

    this was waaaaaay better than anything Does Punks could’ve mustered. ha!

    Daft Punk & MTV will now eternally be synonymous with LAME ASS. ;-)

    • RHONYC says:

      don’t know, but Stephen, Robin Thicke certainly
      ‘O-W-N-E-D’ MTV & DP with that skit & performance! :lol:

      • boredsuburbanhousewife says:

        I loved it when he talked about the “peeps” who are feeling “funky”. He completely humiliated the Prez of MTV/Viacom.

        Can’t believe how many of my very favorite people he got to do this! Hugh Laurie, The Dude, Jimmy Fallon and WALTER WHITE!!!!!

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Bored, I am soooooo obsessed with Breaking Bad right now it is crazy!

        My BF and I are trying to speed watch the entire series so that we can be caught up by the new episodes this Sunday. We are on episode 2 of season 5.

        I am constantly looking for a reason to say, “I am the danger!”…my new official favorite line of all time.

  6. ptitesirna says:

    Yeah, they deff won this round. MTV is utter crap; this whole turn of events was way better!

  7. emmie_a says:

    That was great! I love any actor who doesn’t take himself soo seriously.

  8. K says:

    I don’t think it’s any skin off Thicke’s back to self-promote, even if it’s last minute. What’s nice about it?

  9. fabgrrl says:

    Yeah, Stephen! Dance like you have ass in your pants!

  10. Little Darling says:

    Stephen Colbert is genius. I love me some Colbert; he’s so quick, so intelligent and isn’t afraid to put some intelligent banter out there, and the phrase money where your mouth is applies in tenfold. Plus he sings and dances!!!

    That’s all.

    Oh no wait, there is more: MTV can bite it, their VMAs have lost their luster for years now, just warm recycled entertainment. I’m old enough to remember when MTV first aired with the Buggles. How I would wait to watch my favorite video. Not its just lukewarm refrained beans with horrible programming. I get the sads thinking that MTV in fact killed the video stars they so proudly made.

  11. Thiajoka says:

    How sad that MTV didn’t previously realize that a seemingly straight-laced, suit-wearing, faux-Republican has been way cooler than their channel for nearly eight years now. I think they know now.

    In reality, even pre-Colbert report, MTV has been lame for years.

    I love you, Stephen!!!!

  12. Allijo says:

    There’s a Matt Damon Booth?!


    Is it available for birthday (suit) parties…of one?

  13. NerdMomma says:

    I laughed all the way through that dance party until I had tears streaming down my face. Love Colbert. Love his ongoing silliness with Jimmy Fallon.

  14. MonkeyTowz says:

    Damn Colbert has some sweet moves! Have loved him since Strangers with Candy. Plus he’s from the South…thanks for representing!

  15. minimi says:

    …and the amazing Jon Stewart (short appearance but still worth to notice) :D
    He did quite well/better without Daft Punk.

  16. Anna says:

    Amaze. That was really awesome of Thicke (and everyone else!), and I’d argue that Blurred Lines is more the song of the summer anyway!

  17. WhatWHAT!? says:

    Robin Thicke is amazingly nice, just like his dad. They are both the type of person who sends those who work for them thank you and birthday cards with actual written messages that are personal. That is a big thing in the entertainment industry because most of these people only know who their assistants are and no one else (and only learn the assistant name if that person makes it past 6 months.)

  18. Bridget says:

    I will forever and ever love Stephen Colbert and his balls of steel for the White House Correspondents Dinner. Everything else – the speedakating team, the Super Super PAC, the book with Maurice Sendak, now this – is just gravy. He is absolutely one of my favorite human beings and he is sharp and funny as hell.

  19. Bucky says:

    I loved it all, but my favorite part was probably reading the MTV president’s email. “My peeps are feeling funky on this one.” LOLOLOLOLOL.

    • boredsuburbanhousewife says:

      I replied up thread on this but that was one of my favorite parts of Stephen’s riff on MTV!

      Colbert–funny, sings and dances, can’t believe what he can do with his body at his age. Now that is a sexy package.

    • Raquel says:

      I know, right? I get that he is probably part of a ‘hipster’ work environment where they don’t ‘stifle their creativity’ by talking and writing like grown men who aren’t pretending to be teenagers…but still, what a douche way to respond to a legitimate query…made by a high powered man…who is notorious for reading stupid things people say on the air…for millions of people.

      There isn’t a bigger way to set yourself up for looking like an idiot.

  20. fabgrrl says:

    I have such a massive crush on Colbert! My mother always says that Colbert remind her of my husband. :^)

  21. Bijlee says:

    Damn. I was just saying in the Matt Damon thread that he rubs me the wrong way…and then he has to go do the Matt Damon booth. How can I dislike the guy now???

    And I love Stephen Colbert. He’s hysterical. I adore that he got Henry Kissinger in his video.

  22. Keats says:

    Do any of you know if Bryan Cranston is a rollerskater in real life? His disco skate moves definitely remind me of Hal.

  23. Tiffany says:

    So he found out the day before that the guest that you were dedicating an entire episode to cancelled. You call in everyone you know, make a quick flight to do some DC footage and get Kissinger to call security on you. And still crank out a show that does not look like a trainwreck because your guest cancelled at the last minute. And the Emmy goes
    You, Mr Colbert are a bada*s and the president of MTV got his handed to him. And Daft Punk I am pretty sure will be put on notice.

  24. mel says:

    I had to go watch it after reading this. The whole episode was full of win. I love me some Colbert!

  25. lenje says:

    LOVE Colbert!!

    Daff Punk is a jerk (and very unprofessional), but I’m afraid I have to cut MTV some slack. They’ve probably had approached Daff Punk about the VMA performance, without knowing about his deal with Colbert. For some reason, DP’s management messed up with both, and they are to be blamed.

  26. smee says:

    Stephen Colbert – genius at large! He is the best – his “replacement” show is way better than seeing Daft Punk “sing”. That man can dance!

  27. Jen says:

    Colbert, Colbert, Colbert. He must have some pull to get all those folks to take part in this. And those that did have great senses of humor, but Bridges was best and Kissinger, that was out of left, (yeah left) field. Thicke did not have to do it and I give him credit for filling in at the last minute.

    MTV and the other group now look pretty bad. But since I have not watched MTV in years as they have done so much garbage, it is not surprising.

  28. alison8761 says:

    Oh my god, I love Matt Damon, but seeing Cranston in his skates again is what made this for me!! That Malcolm in the Middle episode was amazing and i’ve longed to see him in skates again! as walter white sure, but this’ll do.

  29. Mich says:

    True story, I danced with Stephen Colbert at a wedding almost 25 years ago. I remember it vividly because I felt like a total idiot with two left feet. I can’t dance but, wow, that man can!

    This whole segment was hysterical! Would love to be a fly on the wall in MTv’s offices today!!

  30. Jennifer12 says:

    Years ago, the Dead Kennedys sang about how evil MTV was (is) with “MTV, Get Off The Air”. They’re still slimy- actually, they’ve gotten worse.

  31. Nanea says:

    Stephen got a lot lucky-er with the people performing in his version!


  32. ds says:

    Menage-a-show! A ha ha ha I’m a fan now

  33. Opa221 says:

    I love Colbert. I was an audience member for his show and he is seriously the nicest guy. This was sweet!

    And for Thicke to come in last minute is great! Sure it benefits him, but coming in last minute with probably no time for real prep is pretty awesome! Good job Colbert production crew and staff! I know you guys were pulling your hair out!

  34. Lisa says:

    Only thing I can say is that was AWEsome (and I would have loved a little more Hugh Laurie). Thank you Colbert.

  35. skilo says:

    I’ve had a huge Colbert crush for years. I don’t think most of my friends got why, maybe this will help them understand, but if not who cares, I still love me some Stephen!

  36. Jayna says:

    Although, I love the new Daft Punk album, retro disco cheesy in a delicious way, I adore Colbert for this and all who participated.

  37. The Original Tiffany says:

    I love Colbert even more because I am in Ottawa right now and the message where the clips should be says:

    Sorry, but this video is unavailable in your location, probably due to your overly polite attitudes.


  38. dcypher1 says:

    I hate MTV too there not the same MTV from when I was younger when they actually played videos. I luv daft p. But I think they should h played his show cus sc is awesome and MTV sucks. MTV dosent own anyone. I don’t see why they couldn’t do both shows so lame.

  39. LILOU says:

    Well, I understand his frustration about the late cancelation. It was unprofessional for the Daft Punk to do so…

    Having said that, he didn’t have to insult an entire nation (the french guys) while talking about it!

    The way he talks about it makes it sounds like the daktf punk are jerks because they are french and are “by nature” unable to work more than twice a month!

    The Daft Punk are jerks because they are jerks, not because they are french….

  40. phlyfiremama says:

    Oh, snap! I love Colbert~he is DEFINITELY one of my forever dongs!!! (*Swoons)

  41. Lisa says:

    Also, how much did Hyundai win on this one? Talk about way more social sharing than they would’ve had otherwise.

  42. Morgan says:

    I could watch this post all day. The dance party is amaze-balls and full of all of my favorite people.

    Robin Thicke is a really, really good singer live!

  43. bettyrose says:

    How could anyone still be dumb enough to cross Colbert?

  44. diva says:

    I love how MTV tries to do the “surprise” performance thing still. It’s pretty obvious by what music is out or coming out which artist will be at the VMAs. I remember when the VMAs was actually exciting and had surprise. I feel old!

  45. kudzuqueen says:

    I have been in love with this man for years….Stephen Colbert that is.

  46. MissMary says:

    My partner is a HUGE Daft Punk fan (and has even gotten our kid into their music, lol) and was grumbling and grousing as soon as Colbert said they weren’t going to show but by the end of the dance party, we were both laughing so hard we were in tears.

    I love that he doesn’t take himself too seriously and makes a clear delineation between his tv persona and his real life persona. Also, how awesome were all his dance party “guests” for doing that? esp on short notice!

  47. littlestar says:

    I have to admit, I used to think Stephen Colbert was lame. My fiancé is a huge fan of him, and I would occasionally sit down to watch the Colbert Report with him, dammit, I can’t believe I was missing out on him all these years! He’s freaking hilarious! Corny and witty at the same time, the perfect balance of humour.

  48. OhDear says:

    Damn, he should get the Emmy for this episode alone. The staff on that show must have had to bust some serious arse to pull it together.

  49. Mary says:

    Anyone have a link to watch it in Europe? Not showing up on YouTube. Thanks

  50. I Choose Me says:

    Love, love, love, the dance video. Made my afternoon.

  51. Kiddo says:

    Best thing in a really long time.

  52. Lizzy1013 says:

    Love robin thicke!!!! So glad he actually sang instead of lip synching! Might have to start watching Colbert!!!

  53. Katie says:

    I liked Colbert but two things really made me love him 1) he loves all things Tolkien and is SUCH an unabashed nerd about it 2) his coverage of dressage before the London Olympics “I think I piaffed myself”. OMG. I’m a rider and that was pretty much the funniest bit ever.

  54. Thiajoka says:

    OMG, I love all you guys so much for loving Colbert! Hurrah, found my tribe!

  55. Dawn says:

    Like him a ton and loved how he honored his mother on his show after her death. It was awesomely cool!

  56. CJW says:

    Just watched show. Colbert is THE MAN. Best ever! Loved the comment about the only time MTV shows actual videos. Who would ever F__k with Stephen Colbert.

    Side note I miss John Stewart nice seeing him, even though he looks like he’s been hiding in a cave.

  57. Str8Shooter says:

    I don’t blame this guy one bit for being pissed off. How f’n unprofessional is it to bail TWO HOURS before air like that?

    I like Daft Punk, but keep pulling stunts like this, you’ll be out of the spotlight in no time!

  58. MissMo says:

    I have had SUCH a crush on this man…the wit, the dancing, the humour! MTV should know better than to cross him, of all people!

  59. Jenn says:

    If this was Stephen getting peeved and showing how much better off his show was without Daft Punk, he succeeded. He’s one of my crushes.

  60. Shrubee says:

    Does anybody realize, this is a nice bit of publicity for the VMAs?

    • Anne says:

      Which is probably well considered by Colbert, since Viacom ownes both his show and MTV–I think Stephen was very smart about this–he made MTV and Viacom look like morons without pushing so far as to suggest people not watch the VMAs or trying to boycott Daft Punk. I think his show was not only comedic genius, but brilliant for walking such a perfect line between giving MTV/Viacom a spanking without going too far. Well played, Colbert, well played….

  61. abe says:

    he’s telling the truth again, folks!!

  62. Dommy Dearest says:

    Why does MTV even host the VMAs anymore? Shouldn’t they be doing a reality awards show or something since that’s all they play? MTV needs to stop with that music thing they are trying to hold onto and just change their name to RTV for reality television.

  63. G. says:

    Liked the rest of the episode, but am I the only one who absolutely HATES Blurred Lines? It’s just not a good song, bad message aside.

  64. MsTaken says:

    Robin Thicke is all of my top-5 freebies. He’s so sexy to me. And JT is just a punky wanna-be, he doesn’t have a thing on my Robin! I’m seriously obsessed!