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K-Pop Crossover: Stephen Colbert Slips In Hallyu Reference During Seth Rogen Interview On 'Colbert Report' [VIDEO]

By Jesse Lent | December 17, 2014 07:16 PM EST


Stephen Colbert's nine-year tenure playing a conservative blowhard on "The Colbert Report" might be coming to an end on Friday, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have time for one last shout-out to the South Korean music scene.

During his on-air conversation with Monday's guest Seth Rogen, there to promote his new film "The Interview," which also stars James Franco, Colbert reminded the writer-director-actor about the perils of creating a film about assassinating North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

"You know you can't go to North Korea now, right?" Colbert asked Rogen.

"I do know that, yes. I did not plan on it prior to this, so it does not affect my travel plans immediately," said the star of "The Interview."

"Just for safety, I probably won't go to South Korea."

"It's a nice place," Colbert responded.

"I've been there once and I loved it," Rogen said.

"K-pop?" the host asked.

"K-pop, I love," the actor said.

Yet, Rogen may have bigger problems then where to spend his next Asian vacation. Sony Pictures, the film's distributor, has been in full crisis mode after a group of pro-North Korean hackers calling themselves The Guardians of Peace released private emails, budgets and other private information from the company including an estimated 47,000 social security numbers, according to the website The Verge.

On Wednesday, following a rash of movie theaters refusing to show the film after The Guardians of Peace threatened terror attacks on screenings, Sony executives decided to pull the film's theatrical release entirely.

"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film 'The Interview,' we have decided not to move forward with the planned Dec. 25 theatrical release," read an official Sony statement to Deadline on Wednesday.

"We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."

For Colbert, who faced the significantly less threatening wrath of South Korean K-pop fans back in 2007, when he instigated an imaginary feud with singer-turned-movie star Rain, the concerns he jokingly raised for Rogen could prove prescient.

And with US Justice Department officials confirming on Wednesday that the cyber attack on Sony was ordered by North Korean leaders, there is no telling where this story will lead.

One thing is for sure, David Letterman's late night replacement sure knew which Korea to make fun of.

Tagged :  stephen colbert, colbert report, The Interview


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