Stephen Colbert, Jeb Bush are in social media feud over tickets

NEW YORK — It’s still a few days before Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of “The Late Show” but he’s already got his first comedy feud going on social media with Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush.

In a YouTube video posted Wednesday, Colbert mocked Bush over an email offering his supporters a chance to win a trip to New York and a “VIP ticket” to the Sept. 8 taping of “The Late Show” on CBS. Bush and George Clooney will be the guests on Colbert’s premiere.

In a perturbed, sarcastic tone similar to the over-the-top commentator he played on Comedy Central, Colbert said that Bush did not seek permission to raffle the tickets for a $3 donation to his 2016 campaign. (Like every other guest who appears on the program, Bush received complimentary tickets.)

“As the governor points out in his email this is a huge chance to see the very first ‘Stephen Colbert Late Show’ which apparently now has a new host,” Colbert said. “Gosh I hope it’s Amy Schumer. She is hilarious.”

Colbert tweaked Bush for having “sweetened the pot” by including with the ticket a dinner with his campaign’s national finance Co-chairman Woody Johnson, owner of the often beleaguered New York Jets.

“Smart move by Jeb to associate his campaign with the winning tradition of the New York Jets,” Cobert said in the clip, which was shot from an audience seat in the Ed Sullivan Theater, where his show will tape.

Colbert is countering Bush with a contest of his own. The “Jeb Bush on the Stephen Colbert Late Show Raffle” will also offer the winner a trip to see the show and the submission of a “non-obscene” question for the candidate.

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