Transcript for Colbert on Daft Punk: 'An Interesting Challenge'
inside story on why stephen colbert made that wildly viral dance video of daft punk's big hit, "get lucky." Was it really a case of the band cancelling on him? Or was it a publicity stunt? Colbert is talking. And john muller has the story. Reporter: Steven colbert speaks out on daft punk's cancellation on his show, "the colbert report" last tuesday. On the podcast, a candid colbert, explains there was trouble from the get-go, booking this reclusive french duo. Daft punk had agreed to appear on "the colbert report," or would not talk. Do you want to cancel? I'm like, no. This is an interesting challenge. Reporter: Colbert got to work at what he does best, manufacturing some laughs. I'm like, okay. I'll do a video where I'm trying to convince them to do their song because it's so irresistible. It's a brain worm. You cannot get that thing out of your head. Let's see who we could get to play with me. Jeff bridges. Reporter: A-listers from jeff bridges to bryan cranston, to matt damon. And even former secretary of state, henry kissinger. Security. Reporter: Was it for real or for laughs? When colbert claims daft dunk pulled out before their performance, citing a contractual obligation to appear on the video music awards. I UNDERSTAND THE VMAs HAVE Got a deal. But I'm the guy who's completely screwed here. I don't have a show tonight. Reporter: The booking of robin thicke, completed the fiasco for colbert and his team. It was exhausting to do it in a day. But we said yipee, look at what we get to do. Reporter: For "good morning america," john muller, abc news, new york.
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