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Move over John Travolta and Adele Nazeem, there was a new celebrity name botched last night at the 66th Primetime Emmys. The Voice coach Gwen Stefani presented the Outstanding Variety Series and she just couln’t figure out how to pronounce Stephen Colbert’s last name.
Twitter instantly caught the flub, just like users did back in March when Travolta couldn’t figure out how to say Idina Menzel’s name. Stefani’s mistake was admittedly closer to Colbert’s real name, but still hilarious. It sounded like she said “Colbort.”
Thankfully, fellow Voice judge Adam Levine was standing by her side and tried to get the correct pronunciation of The Colbert Report audible.
The flub did provide one of the best moments of the night, since Jimmy Fallon - also nominated in the category - ran up on stage with Colbert’s team to accept the award. “This is unbelievable. She said it wrong, so there must have been a mistake!” Fallon joked. “So, it’s just very interesting.” He asked to see the envelope.
Of course, Colbert really did win the category for the second straight year. Colbert delivered most of his speech through Fallon, whispering into his soon-to-be competitor’s ear.
Colbert will be leaving The Colbert Report at the end of the year to take over CBS’ The Late Show next year. Maybe by then, Stefani will know how to pronounce his name.
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