Mindy Kaling apologizes to Stephen Colbert for bra she was wearing when he walked in on her changing

During The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday, the host paused the show to apologize for an incident that happened between him and guest Mindy Kaling before the taping of the show. And after bantering back and forth about who was actually going to bring it up, Kaling gave us the naked truth. She said that she was backstage getting changed and was in just a pair of pants and her bra. And that’s when Colbert came in - to the room and the story.

“And I don't usually do this. I usually wait til the guests are in the wings,” Colbert said. “But I thought I would just go, ‘hey have a great show.’ So I popped the door open. I knocked, but I did that knock and pop.”

The pair have worked together over the years and are clearly pretty close. So perhaps that’s what made it all the more surprising that she was the one who was feeling regretful after the “knock and pop” happened.

“I just thought the whole time like, ‘I wish I had worn a sexier bra.’ Because it was like, you know, he works hard,” Kaling said, gesturing toward Colbert, and getting a big laugh from the audience.

Video Transcript

STEPHEN COLBERT: I also like to apologize for earlier.

MINDY KALING: OK. OK. I didn't know if you going to bring it up, and I felt bad bringing this up.

STEPHEN COLBERT: I thought you were going to bring it up because it would make me feel bad.

MINDY KALING: OK.

KYLE MAR: On "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert Wednesday, the host took a moment to apologize for something that happened between him and frequent guest, Mindy Kaling, before the show's taping. And once they figured out who was going to bring it up, it was time to hear the naked truth.

MINDY KALING: I was backstage getting changed, and I was just like in a pair of pants and my bra, and--

STEPHEN COLBERT: And I don't usually do this. I usually wait till the guest's in the wings. But I thought I would just go, hey, have a great show. So I popped the door open.

KYLE MAR: The pair have worked together over the years, including in a 2015 episode of the Mindy Project, so they are clearly friends. Mindy even announced the birth of her second child on the show last October. But it was still surprising that she was the one with regrets.

MINDY KALING: I just thought the whole time like, I wish I had worn a sexier bra.

[LAUGHTER]

Because it was like, you know, he works hard. Like if he's--

[LAUGHTER]

KYLE MAR: And while viewers on Twitter definitely enjoyed this fun moment between the two, the real positive takeaway from this incident is that Mindy is kind of like royalty now.

STEPHEN COLBERT: I should have knocked and waited. But your team was great. They hurled themselves in front of you--

[LAUGHTER]

--like I was an assassin.

They really did. I felt like Meghan Markle. They were like, you will not pass.