Dole Denies Responsibility In Justin & Britney Split

Former Senator and 1996 Presidential candidate Bob Dole was on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on Tuesday, where he discussed his role in the starring Pepsi commercial. Dole also joked that he wasn’t responsible for the breakup of Britney and *NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake. Read on for a transcript.

Conan: You know, last time — this is a true story — last time you were on the show as a guest, we were talking, and you — you said, “I would love” — you said that you would love to do a Pepsi ad with Britney Spears. Since then, you actually — you’ve done one. It’s quite famous. I think — well, let’s just show a quick clip of it, for anyone who hasn’t seen it.

Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba

the joy of pepsi yeah

[ dog barks ]

Bob Dole: Easy, boy.

[ Laughter ]

[ cheers and applause ]

Conan: You made it happen.

Bob Dole: Yeah, I — I flew all the way from Washington to l.A. To sit in Los Angeles — to say two words — “Easy, boy.”

Conan: Right.

Bob Dole: And I got about five “dirty old man” letters, you know, later.

Conan: People accusing you of being a dirty old man.

Bob Dole: Yeah, and I wrote back that I wasn’t barking, it was the dog. You know, I was just watching television. [ Laughter ] but I really came here tonight to confirm that I’m not responsible for the breakup of Britney and Justin.

[ Laughter ]

Conan: That’s what all the tabloids are saying.

Bob Dole: That’s what they’re all saying, but, you know, we had a nice time. I didn’t get to meet her, but —

[ laughter ]

Conan: You didn’t meet her? You did the ad and you didn’t meet her?

Bob Dole: I met Ted, a dog.

[ Laughter ]

Conan: What, you flew all the way out there and you got to hang out with a dog, and not Britney?

Bob Dole: Well, I didn’t hang out with him long. They said, “Now, don’t worry if he doesn’t bark, just say your words and we’ll put the bark in later.”

Conan: Right.

Bob Dole: And it was — it was a lot of I mean, I got a year’s free Pepsi and she got $10 million, so, you know —

[ laughter ]

[ applause ]

Conan: Sounds to me like — sounds to me like you need a better agent.

[ Light laughter ]

Bob Dole: i think so. I don’t kn w what kind of agent I need, but at my age, you don’t want to hire anybody for too long a time. [ Laughter ] If I order three-minute eggs, I gotta pay in advance.

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