What the Zuck! Stephen Colbert skewered Kanye West on The Late Show on Tuesday, February 16, for the rapper’s tweeted plea to Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, for help with his $53 million personal debt.
Colbert, 51, kicked off the segment by acknowledging West’s noticeable absence from the Grammys on Sunday, which was felt especially when Taylor Swift delivered her Album of the Year acceptance speech. The pop superstar, 26, was already irritated with West’s “Famous” lyric, in which he claimed: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.”
Joking, Colbert noted on Tuesday, “Kanye, I have a feeling the odds of you having sex with Taylor Swift are about the same as you winning a Grammy you weren’t nominated for … But Kanye’s got bigger problems than Grammys he wasn’t nominated for.”
Of course, the CBS late-night host meant West’s recent tweets about his massive financial woes. On Valentine’s Day, the rapper jumped on Twitter to divulge some details about his 99 problems. “I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome…” West, 38, wrote. “Mark Zuckerberg I know it’s your bday but can you please call me by 2mrw… You love hip hop, you love my art… I am your favorite artist but you watch me barely breathe and still play my album in your house… World, please tweet, FaceTime, Facebook, instagram, whatever you gotta do to get Mark to support me…”
Colbert found it amusing that West used Twitter to ask Facebook’s head honcho for funding. “Brilliant!” the comedian noted. “I can’t think of a better way to reach out to the founder of Facebook than the one place he’s sure to look: Twitter.”
The show host also pulled up West’s org chart of his billion-dollar ideas, which he tweeted out in one of his rants. The categories, which included notes like, “Emoticon Auto Correct” and “7 Screen Movie Experience.”
“It’s like an eight-year-old imagining their dream treehouse,” Colbert concluded.
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