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Stephen Colbert participates in “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” sector of the CBS Summer seasons TCA Trip at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015|6:22 p.m.
NEW YORK– Score one for Stephen Colbert.
Jeb Bush, a scheduled visitor on Colbert’s first night hosting CBS’ “The Late Program” on Tuesday, just recently sent a letter to prospective advocates raffling off a “VIP ticket” to the taping in exchange for a $3 donation to his presidential campaign– a move a CBS entertainment representative said had not been a collaborated tie-in with the show.
So Colbert took things into his own hands: In a video posted Wednesday, he commended the contest as “a fantastic concept.”
“However right here’s the thing,” he stated. “Nobody from Jeb’s campaign asked me if this was OKAY with me to raise money off my very first program. Where’s my cut of that sweet three dollars, Governor? Huh?
“2 can dip into this contest,” proclaimed Colbert, revealing his own raffle: For a $3 (or greater) contribution, you can get in for a chance to be his VIP visitor to the premiere taping. The winner gets to bring a buddy, and the plan likewise includes air travels and lodgings at a four-star hotel.
And another thing: “The fortunate winner will get to send one non-obscene question that I will ask Governor Bush on September 8th,” says Colbert in the video. “For example, one concern might be: ‘Don’t you wish you ‘d consulted Stephen prior to introducing your contest?'”
Bush reacted to Colbert Wednesday night on Twitter. “I believed the host was Amy Schumer,” he deadpanned. “I completely blew it. However considering that it’s you, we’re reducing our contest cost to one dollar.”
This “raffle-adjacent” experience is being conducted in collaboration with Omaze (an online platform that provides people the possibility to win amazing experiences while supporting social missions), and will benefit The Yellow Ribbon Fund, which supports injured service members and their families.
Bush also guaranteed making a donation to The Yellow Ribbon Fund.
“The Late Show” airs at 11:35 p.m. EDT.