America’s favorite Olympian Adam Rippon never misses a chance to make a bold statement — and his appearance on Wednesday night’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” did not disappoint.
Rippon made a dramatic entrance wearing his bronze medal and revealed to Reece Witherspoon (the show’s other guest) that he had a wardrobe malfunction.
“I really needed this today – meeting Reece,” he told Colbert and Witherspoon, who was sitting next to him onstage. “Before I got out here, my life was like in shambles. I was getting dressed and wanted to look my best for you, and I lost a button.”
Handing Witherspoon his medal, he pulled at his shirt to show the mishap. “I’m embarrassed but I’m not, do you know what I mean?” he said.
Rippon, who was was the first openly gay male athlete to take home a medal in a Winter Olympics, has previously made headlines for showing up to the Oscars in a harness worthy of a high-end sex dungeon, commeting that he wants to look “slutty” when he skates, and Tweeting sentiments like, “To all those who tweet at me saying that they “hope I fail”, I have failed many times many times in my life. But more importantly, I’ve learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.”
His meeting with Witherspoon has been building for a month. It all started on Feb 7, when Witherspoon took to Twitter to declare that Rippon was her #1 reason for tuning into the Olympics:
In his response, Rippon didn’t hide the fact that he was starstruck by Witherspoon’s attention:
After discussing his wardrobe mishap on “The Late Show,” Rippon told Witherspoon that he first fell in love with her watching “Legally Blonde.”
“And you’re so beautiful in person,” he added. She thanked him and he quipped, “I was talking to Stephen [Colbert].”
Witherspoon shared that her personal trainer brought Rippon to her attention. She quoted the “glamazon” tweet verbatim, and said, “Not that I memorized it. Or committed it to memory. Or made it my screensaver.”