If you watched the VMAs last night, you're probably still trying to recover from having seen Miley Cyrus twerk Brooklyn to its foundation. You might have enjoyed Katy Perry's closing number or the *NSYNC reunion or any of the other couple of performances that helped break up the monotony of hearing rich people thank God and their mothers while holding moonmen they received for getting a lot of YouTube views (the currency of the future).
But, you probably didn't enjoy Daft Punk's performance because the French robot duo didn't perform, effectively trolling Stephen Colbert again. Earlier this summer, Daft Punk was slated to appear on The Colbert Report as a part of the show's StePhest Colbchella special. But, citing a deal with fellow Viacom network MTV, Daft Punk backed out of the deal at the 11th hour, leaving Colbert in a bind that was fixed when Robin Thicke performed "Blurred Lines" and Bryan Cranston and company roller danced to "Get Lucky."
When last night's VMAs rolled around, Daft Punk presented Taylor Swift with an award, but didn't perform.
While there was speculation that the group would take the stage at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to perform, the duo instead joined "Get Lucky" collaborators Pharrell Williams and Niles Rodgers to present best female video to Taylor Swift.
Instead, the audience was treated to a snippet of the "Lose Yourself to Dance" music video prior to their introduction.
While you'd expect Colbert to lay into the duo and MTV for the non-performance, Daft Punk might be off the hook because Colbert's program doesn't have a new episode set to air until the week of September 2nd. [The Hollywood Reporter]