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Colbert Takes Jab at Jeb Bush Ahead of Late Show Interview


When The Late Show with Stephen Colbert premieres next Tuesday, Jeb Bush will be among the new host’s first guests. And the Republican candidate is already using the appearance to raise money for his campaign.

In what he described as likely the last of his “pre-show web videos,” Stephen Colbert has called out Bush for an email he sent to supporters last week in which he asks for a minimum $3 donation in exchange for a chance to attend Tuesday’s taping. “If you can’t afford $3, you’re probably not voting for Jeb Bush,” he joked.

“I think the contest is a great idea,” Colbert says. “But here’s thing: No one from Jeb’s campaign asked if this was OK with me to raise money off my first show. Where’s my cut of that sweet three bucks governor?”

To combat Bush’s efforts, Colbert announced a contest of his own in which a $3 donation to The Yellow Ribbon Fund gets you the same chance to receive two tickets to the first Late Show taping. He’s calling it the “Jeb Bush on the Stephen Colbert Late Show Raffle” and you can enter to win at Omaze.com.

Well, at least this will give them something to talk about during Tuesday’s interview.

Watch video below, via CBS:

UPDATE – 10:10 P.M. ET Bush tweeted Colbert back later in the day, saying he totally messed things up because he thought Amy Schumer was the new host. To make things right, Bush said he was lowering the fee to 1 dollar.

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