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Branson dumps water on Colbert

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 10th 2007 8:42PM

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Some interesting news coming from writer Ian Bogost. Bogost was a guest on The Colbert Report recently, and he revealed on his blog that there was another guest on the show that got into a water fight with host Stephen Colbert, and that the segment wasn't exactly lighthearted and might not even air.

Now it can be revealed that the other guest was billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson. He was on the show to talk about his new Virgin America line of jets, one of which was going to be named after Colbert. Supposedly Branson wasn't happy that they didn't have enough time to talk about the new venture and poured a mug of water on Colbert, ruining his suit. Colbert got some water from a stagehand and dumped it on Branson. Now, no one knows for sure if this was a staged bit or serious, but Colbert had to change clothes to do another segment, and in video for Bogost's segment you can see a Poland Spring water bottle on the mantle (see pic above).

[via Boing Boing]

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BartmanDK

Haha i would like to see Branson snap since everytime you see him in and ad or off the ads he seems so calm!

August 11 2007 at 12:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew

Colbert was also suppose to appear at the first flight of Virgin America, a flight from New York to San Fran but got stuck in traffic and had to cancel (the flights were also delayed almost 40 mins just to wait for Branson himself). Would Colbert really make the effort to get to JFK from his home in New Jersey if that wasn't a setup from before. The flights were Wednesday

August 10 2007 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Borat

Well since it didn't air, it seems that it didn't go well at all...perhaps Colbert's "obnoxiousness" got to Branson...Branson usually seems calm all the time, so he was probably not sure what he was getting into.

August 10 2007 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ms I

Hi, Bob, nice post! (Full disclosure: We originally leaked this story over at NoFactZone.net after one of our readers tipped us off, so we're probably seeing secondary hits as a result of your post, as BoingBoing and Ian Bogost linked to us.)

Just one small nitpick: the "stagehand" who gave Stephen her bottle of water to retaliate was actually the show's co-executive producer, Allison Silvermann.

By the way, if your readers are still curious: our initial tipster also shared some follow up details with us at http://www.nofactzone.net/?p=1969#more-1969

Enjoy!

August 10 2007 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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