By Justin Sink - 12/06/11 08:20 PM EST
Colbert appeared at the program to honor cellist Yo-Yo Ma, joking that he was there to "cell-ibrate" his contributions to art.
Gingrich seemed to appreciate the pun, tweeting, "“Stephen colbert was brilliant at kennedy center honors tonight.”
Colbert faux-celebrated his shout-out at the top of his show Monday evening.
“Newt Gingrich said I’m brilliant, okay - and Newt reserves his Twitter feed for things of the utmost importance,” Colbert said.
Colbert than citied two tweets - which have since been deleted - where Gingrich talks about eating Reese's peanut butter cups for breakfast.
But, Colbert joked, Gingrich was no paid lobbyist for the candy company.
“They gave him $1.5 million because he’s a well-known chocolate historian,” Colbert said.
That quip was in reference to Gingrich's claim that he did not lobby for, but rather provided historical insight, to troubled mortgage giant Freddie Mac.