During his monologue on “The Late Show” Thursday, the comedian quoted TheWrap’s headline, “Insiders: Trump Team Dangled Ambassadorships to Lure A-List Inauguration Singers.”
“It looks like the inaugural entertainment is just going to be the Trump family jug band,” Colbert says. His comments begin around the 5-minute mark in the video above.
The president-elect’s team is struggling so hard to book A-list performers for his inaugural festivities that it offered ambassadorships to at least two talent bookers if they could deliver marquee names.
The bookers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they were approached by members of Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee in recent weeks with offers of cash or even plush diplomatic posts in exchange for locking in singers.
The first insider said he was “shocked” at the proposal: “Never in a million years have I heard something so crazy,” he said. “That was the moment I almost dropped the phone.”