The folks over at "The Colbert Report" must have thought they got lucky, booking a rare TV performance by Daft Punk, who has the song of the summer with their monster hit "Get Lucky."
That was until two hours before show time on Tuesday, on a special edition of the program, billed as "Colbchellla '013." The helmet-wearing hitmakers have also been booked to play MTV's upcoming Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, and much to Colbert's dismay, it's an exclusive booking, meaning that they can't appear on any other TV shows before.
Colbert took to the airwaves to express his displeasure and in doing so he blew the lid of the duo's surprise appearance at the VMAs.
"Here's the story: it’s a true story," he said. "We booked click and clack over here about a month ago. This network is owned by Viacom, which is also the owner of MTV… 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."
Although he was obviously not pleased with the turn of events, Colbert made light of the incident by bringing out Ashton Kutcher and saying the whole thing was part of MTV's "Punk'd." And he still made good on a performance of "Get Lucky." As the song played, Colbert danced wildly with dancing girls and guest spots by Hugh Laurie, Matt Damon, Henry Kissinger, the cast of "Breaking Bad" with Bryan Canston on roller skates, Jeff Daniels, "America's Got Talent" hosts, and Jimmy Fallon.
If that wasn't enough, Colbert brought out surprise guest Robin Thicke to perform that other song of the summer — "Blurred Lines." Nicely played, Colbert. Nicely played.