Watch Stephen Colbert bum rush the stage at the Republican National Convention

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Stephen Colbert Mocks Trump on RNC Stage, Escorted Away by Security

Stephen Colbert has been warning that his live Late Show broadcasts from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week will keep network censors on their feet. But even before the coronation of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was slated to kick off at noon on Monday (July 18), Colbert had the RNC staff scrambling when he bum rushed the main stage for a bit as Hunger Games MC Caesar Flickerman.

"He has formed an alliance with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence," Colbert said in his stentorian Games voice in a YouTube video posted on Sunday that had gained nearly 500,000 views at press time. Bowing his head momentarily and joking that he "blacked out there for a moment" after mentioning Pence's name, Colbert snuck in yet another reference to his repeated jokes about the excitement factor surrounding Trump's VP pick.

"So it is my honor to hereby launch and begin the 2016 Republican hungry for power games," Colbert continued, banging his gavel dramatically as a security staffer appeared to try and drag the late night host from the podium. "Look, I know I'm not supposed to be up here, but let's be honest, neither is Donald Trump," he slipped in before it appeared he was escorted from the main stage at Quicken Loans Arena. A spokesperson for Colbert confirmed that he appeared in the video; at press time a spokesperson for the RNC had not returned requests for comment on the stunt.

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Television host Stephen Colbert records a skit on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 17: Comedian Stephen Colbert tapes a segment on the floor of the Republican National Convention for CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at the Quicken Loans Arena July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican National Convention begins tomorrow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
CBS television comedian Stephen Colbert rehearses a sketch on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich
CBS television comedian Stephen Colbert films comedy bits with his crew on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Television personality Stephen Colbert gestures to a stuffed ferret while rehearsing ahead of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Sunday, July 17, 2016. A key Republican National Convention committee crushed a long-shot attempt by rogue delegates to block Donald Trump's nomination, as internal strife that's roiled the party for much of the past decade was on full display Thursday amid fights over governing rules for the next four years. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 17: Comedian Stephen Colbert tapes a segment on the floor of the Republican National Convention for CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at the Quicken Loans Arena July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican National Convention begins tomorrow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Talk show host Stephen Colbert performs on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena during a taping of his program, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Comedian Stephen Colbert clowns around on the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Sunday, July 17, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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