In what’s being called "Daftpunkgate," Stephen Colbert came under criticism for his "Get Lucky" dance party on Tuesday, with some viewers speculating that it was an elaborate hoax to build ratings for MTV, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.
Colbert addressed the question Wednesday by sarcastically agreeing with the claim.
“You got me!” he said. “We thought we had tricked you by flying the disco Decepticons from Paris, in a sophisticated pantomime to fool everyone — even myself, so committed was I — that Daft Punk was coming all just to help someone else’s show on another network a month from now.”
Daftpunkgate came about after the French pop duo Daft Punk was slated to appear on "The Colbert Report," but canceled Monday afternoon. Colbert said the reason was an exclusive agreement with sister network MTV to exclusively appear on that network’s Video Music Awards, which are slated for Aug. 25.
That put Colbert in a bind, given that he said he had sold a sponsorship deal to Hyundai. Instead, the show created its own "Get Lucky" video, featuring cameos from Hugh Laurie, Jimmy Fallon, Matt Damon, the cast of "Breaking Bad" (including a roller-skating segment with Bryan Cranston) and Henry Kissinger.
"A little detective work, however, indicates that while Colbert and his staff deserve credit for their crisis management skills and for creating one of the year’s most thoroughly entertaining viral videos, not everything was as last minute as it seems," the Times notes.
For example, the cast of "Breaking Bad" appeared on "Charlie Rose" Friday night and Cranston appeared on Colbert’s show on Aug. 1, so it’s likely that the actor taped his segment while visiting New York last week, the story says.
Here’s Colbert responding to Daftpunkgate allegations: