Daft Punk was scheduled to appear on the August 6 episode of “The Colbert Report,” but they had to cancel their appearance at the last minute, citing contractual problems with MTV. The issue arose due a clause in the band's contract with MTV that promises MTV the exclusive rights to Daft Punk’s TV appearances leading up to the "MTV Video Music Awards’" (VMAs).
Colbert took several jabs at the duo, explaining, “You see, we booked Click and Clack over here about a month ago, but there was a problem.”
Colbert explained the situation with sarcasm.
“Well, apparently this a deeply guarded secret -- Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance at the 'MTV Video Music Awards.’ Spoiler Alert.
"Don’t tell anybody, ‘cause fun fact -- nobody told me until about two o’clock yesterday.”
Colbert continued to pretend to be angry by taking bitter jabs at Daft Punk and Van Toffler, the President of MTV Networks, by repeatedly butchering his name, calling him “Van Wilder,” among other names.
Colbert even ran his annual “Stephest Colbchella ‘013” graphic featuring Daft Punk, despite the duo's cancellation.
Despite the lack of Daft Punk’s presence on “The Colbert Report,” that didn’t stop Colbert.
Kicking off “Stephfest Colbchella ‘013,” Colbert yelled, “My audience will get 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, goddamit.”
Colbert then broke into dance as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” played in the background. Colbert took the celebration to another level by with a plethora of dancing celebrity cameos, including Hugh Laurie (“House”), Jeff Bridges (“R.I.P.D”), and The Rockettes, among other celebrities. He also took the dance into other talk show sets including “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and he even danced with Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show") over webcam.
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