No one does a feud, faux or otherwise, like Stephen Colbert. This target of his “outrage” this time: His own sister network, MTV, along with French duo Daft Punk, who apparently teamed up to bail on Colbert’s show. As a result, Colbert was inspired to create a truly ridiculous music video.
(Note: Yeah, this kind of seems like one giant publicity stunt, but the video below is so entertaining it’s hard to care.)
In case you missed it, Daft Punk — the artist behind one of the songs of the summer, “Get Lucky” — was supposed to appear on Colbert’s show Tuesday night. It was part of Colbert’s special “StePhest Colbchella ’013: The song of the summer of the century: It ain’t the heat it’s the rock-midity: With special guest Daft Punk.”
“Unfortunately, Daft Punk is not here,” Colbert intoned dramatically Tuesday. What happened: Daft Punk was also scheduled to make an appearance on MTV’s Video Music Awards on Aug. 25. (That was supposed to be a surprise, which Colbert took great delight in spoiling, as he had just been notified the afternoon before.) And apparently MTV had exclusive rights to the duo with any TV performances leading up to the VMAs. But given that Colbert’s Comedy Central and MTV are owned by the same company, Viacom, couldn’t they work something out?
Not so much, Colbert said, gleefully showing an e-mail from MTV Music Group president Van Toffler that read in part, “Not sure I can help you on this one.”
Colbert then gleefully ripped on MTV for the next several minutes, adding that he understood the predicament. “If Daft Punk were on my show, people wouldn’t tune in to see them on the almost a month from now, because that’s how music works,” Colbert explained. “You love a band, you see them once, then never want to see them again.”
So, Colbert took things upon himself to make a video dancing to “Get Lucky,” teaming up with everyone from Jimmy Fallon to Bryan Cranston to the stage of “America’s Got Talent.” See Colbert explaining the incident, followed by the music video below: