Stephen Colbert seemed pretty excited to have Daft Punk come play "Get Lucky" on his show. He held them in such high regard that he called the event "Stephest Colbchella '013: The Song of the Summer Of the Century with special guest Daft Punk." The show was to be sponsored by Hyundai and the funky electro of the French duo was going to fill the studio with mirth. Then, Stephen found out there was no mirth to be had.
Apparently MTV, which is owned by Comedy Central's parent company, Vicaom, had a contract with Daft Punk for the VMAs. The contract stated that Daft Punk wasn't allowed to appear live "leading up to the VMAs," which are taking place in Brooklyn on August 25th. The assumption from MTV being that a performance on a sister network 3 weeks prior to the VMAs would damage the chances of people actually tuning into the VMAs.
Visibly upset at the news, Colbert cracked a bottle of Eagle Rare bourbon and did what what he does best: Mocked the situation relentlessly and put on a better show that the original could have hoped to be.
Colbert danced to "Get Lucky," in spite of being spurned by Daft Punk. He danced with Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Fallon, and a few others. He also danced in Henry Kissinger's office before being thrown out by security.
Then, Colbchella successfully hosted the true song of the summer: Robin Thicke performed "Blurred Lines" to the delight of the audience.
Some are suggesting that the whole debacle was planned as a publicity stunt, but I'm not so sure. Colbert's feigned outrage is pretty easy to spot, but this time he seemed legitimately pissed. Really, though, it's up to you: Either this was an elaborate hoax executed to get more people to watch the VMAs or Stephen Colbert is such a badass that he can call in favors from Walter White and Henry Kissinger in a 24 hour period. Watch the episode above and you decide.