TV personality Stephen Colbert got Daft Punk’d Tuesday night, but the Comedy Central standout got his revenge in star-studded fashion.
“The Colbert Report” host had booked reclusive French hitmakers Daft Punk to perform their “Song of the Summer of the Century,” “Get Lucky,” during the Tuesday’s show as part of his StePhest Colbchella 2013 extravaganza.
In what may well be a masterful publicity stunt, Colbert testily announced that Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk had canceled their appearance because of contractual obligations with MTV. Apparently, the duo will be making what would have been a surprise performance at the Aug. 25 MTV Video Music Awards and headlining StePhest Colbchella would have breached the duo’s contract with Viacom, which owns both Comedy Central and MTV. The MTV performance will be Daft Punk’s first television appearance since releasing “Random Access Memories” in May, according to RollingStone.com.
“Here’s the story, and it’s a true story,” Colbert said. “We booked click and clack over here about a month ago, but there was a problem. This network is owned by Viacom, which is also the owner of MTV. . . . Apparently – and this is a deeply guarded secret, so shhhh! – Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards – spoiler alert. Don’t tell anyone, because fun fact: no one told me until two o’clock yesterday.”
“Now, they’re not here tonight and I have accepted a lot of money from our Colbchella sponsor, Hyundai,” Colbert went on to explain. “So, not delivering the song of the summer is a real kick in my balls, brought to you by Hyundai. Now folks, this could not be a bigger disaster, I gotta say, if someone had planned it.”
The host then speculated that he’d been “Daft Punk’d,” which naturally meant former “Punk’d” host Ashton Kutcher showed up to reveal that Daft Punk’s cancellation wasn’t one of his celebrity pranks: “No, you got f–k’d,” Kutcher verified.
“I don’t care what MTV allows. My audience gets the song of the summer if they want it and I don’t even need Daft Punk to choose my show over the VMAs to get it. This is Colbchella … and it is time to dance,” Colbert declared.
And dance he did, with Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, the Rockettes, Jimmy Fallon, Matt Damon and the casts of “America’s Got Talent” “Breaking Bad.” That last one led to the greatness of roller-skating Bryan Cranston! Bask in the glory now!