Daft Punk canceled its appearance on “The Colbert Report” at the last minute Tuesday.
Colbert told viewers he’d been “daft punk’d.” And he wasn’t happy about it.
“We booked Click and Clack over here about a month ago,” he said on the show.
“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.”
The Hollywood Reporter said that the duo was forced to cancel on the show because of contractual obligations of appearing on the VMAs on Aug. 25.
MTV and Comedy Central — which broadcasts Colbert’s show —
are both owned by Viacom.
Colbert joked about the absurdity of the situation.
“If Daft Punk were on my show, people wouldn’t tune in to see them on the VMAs almost a month from now – that’s not how music works," Colbert said.
“You love a band, you see them once, then never want to see them again. That’s why after the Beatles went on ‘Ed Sullivan,’ they dropped off the face of the earth.”
But the night was not lost as Colbert showed the video that he and some of his celebrity friends – Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Jimmy Fallon, Bryan Cranston and Henry Kissinger among them – made to the Daft Punk hit, “Get Lucky.”
Colbert in tube socks and roller skates.