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Colbert mocks mention in Gingrich tweet

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.

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