The TV host talks about the month-long stress he and his writers dealt with due to the duo's restrictions.
It could just as easily be assumed that after Stephen Colbert aired his "StePhest Colbchella '013" slam against no-show Daft Punk on his show last week, the TV host had already vented out his frustration over the "Get Lucky" hit makers. It turns out the 49-year-old comedian still had a few more revelations about the cancellation, which he unleashed in an interview on Paul Mercurio's podcast.
After the French electronic music duo told the show that they wouldn't talk or perform during their scheduled appearance on "The Colbert Report", the writers had asked Colbert if he had wanted to just cancel, but he took it as a challenge, conjuring up ideas on how to work around the restrictions. Either the pair could just nod along as he performed a six-minute monologue or played that now infamous all-star dance party video, which would not have seen the light of day had the duo chosen to appear on the show, since they were apparently "uncomfortable" with it.
Then there was also this idea that Colbert would get to converse instead with their manager Paul Hahn, where he would ask him, "How do I even know it's them in the robot outfits," to which Hahn would respond, "Stephen, if it wasn't really them, they'd be doing the song."
Adding insult to injury was the fact that Daft Punk had been already flown in by the show from Paris to New York just so they could make the hyped-up guest appearance, but as it turned out, they didn't show up, claiming they were bound to their VMA performance contract with MTV. However, as VMA executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic disclosed, it was the duo and their management who chose the VMA over Colbert's show.