Elle King Joins Surprisingly Somber Stephen Colbert Election Special, But No Katy Perry

Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

A Stephen Colbert election night special sounded like a perfect fit, returning the erstwhile Colbert Report host to his political lane to mock Donald Trump's inevitable downfall and make some quippy pant-suit and email jokes about the historic first female president-elect. Except, despite advance polling to the contrary, when the show went live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday night (Nov. 8), Trump appeared to be victorious and Clinton's chances were beyond slim -- and the whole thing turned out to be a lot less funny than anyone anticipated.

A bright spot of the reality-check comedy special was the upbeat musical stylings of Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Colbert's Late Show house band, who were joined by Elle King for the night. In addition to joining in on the between-segment musical numbers, King also performed her song "America's Sweetheart" -- and the repeated chorus of "I'm not America's sweetheart" brought to mind Clinton and her once-again-failed attempt at the presidency.

In addition to King, Katy Perry was announced as a scheduled guest for the special on Tuesday -- though the very vocal Clinton supporter never appeared on the hour-plus show. She had pre-taped a segment that didn't fit the show as election results came in, Billboard has learned. She did, however, appear at Clinton's election night event, where she admitted that her parents voted for Trump -- though they would all "sit at the same table" come Thanksgiving.

While the pop star was uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter as the results poured in, Perry did offer this tweet less than an hour after the Colbert special wrapped, in response to an uplifting message from fellow Hillary fan Lady Gaga:

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