Dennis Rodman Gets Credit for a Prisoner Release in North Korea

May 3, 2016 - Quinta Brunson 05/03/2016 Views: 354

U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae credits ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman with helping to secure his release from a North Korean prison. (6:13)

All right, moving on. There'ssome upsetting news out of Asia,

you guys. That's right, they'reselling chocolate-covered

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Why you got to keep thatfrom us, Asia, hmm?

We're the oneswho gave you McDonald's.

You improve it anddon't share it with a brother?

Not good. Okay, actually,

that wasn't the storyI wanted to talk about.

In 2012, a U.S. missionarynamed, uh, Kenneth Bae

was jailed in North Korea.

Now, don't confuse Kenneth Baewith, uh, Prison Bae.

Uh, whole different Bae.Whole different Bae.

Small target. I agree. Okay.

Uh, now, he was arrested aftera computer hard drive loaded

with prayers made him a suspectof Kim Jong-un's brutal regime,

and he ended up beingNorth Korea's longest held

American prisonersince the Korean War.

REPORTER: Bae spent nearly two years under 24-hour watch

by 30 North Korean guards.

The conditions were dire.

He shoveled coal and worked the fields.

He lost 50 pounds.

"Oh, my God, you lost 50 poundsin North Korea?

"I'm totally trying that.

I've got, like, a wedding."

Valley girl, everyone.Thank you very much.

Thank you.Uh, so here's the deal.

So, now, Bae, uh, he's givenhis first interview

since being released,and he gave out a very special,

surprising thank you.

I just want to...want to thank Dennis Rodman

for being a catalystfor my release.


That's right, you guys!

Dennis Rodman,our self-proclaimed ambassador

to North Korea.

Um, now, are you sureabout this, Kenneth Bae?

Look, I know you've beenin prison for a long time.

And, look, it's commonafter a traumatic experience

to think that '90s Chicago Bullsbasketball players

might have helped themin some way.

No, it's calledthe Luc Longley Effect.

I'm not making this up.

Or Pippening, if you will.

All right. Continue, Mr. Bae.

If I meet him some day,I just want to say thank you

for, um, you know...for what he has done

that really brought attention,international attention,

for my plight.

Okay. Look, listen,

I know it's toughto get good information

when you'rein a North Korean prison,

but Dennis Rodmandidn't help you.

Man, if anything,he spoke against you. Listen.

Kenneth Bae did one thing.

If you understand...No, I got it.

-If you understandwhat Kenneth Bae did... -Yeah.

Do you understand what he did

-in this country?-What did he do? You tell me.

-You tell me. What'd he do?-In... No, no, no, no.

You tell me! You tell me!Why is he held c-captive

-here in this country? -Theyhaven't released any charges.

No, I don't give a (bleep)what... I don't give

a rat's asswhat the hell you think!

I'm saying to you,look at these guys here.

Look at 'em!

Okay. Right.

For those of youwho don't speak Rodman,

um, he's basically saying,"Since you can't tell me

what he did,he should stay in jail,"

which makescomplete Rodman sense, right?

Now, later,in a very Rodman-style move,

he erratically changed his mind,tweeting...

WILMORE (reading):

All right, now,obviously this story requires

some more clarification.So here with more

on what role he played insecuring Kenneth Bae's release

-is Dennis Rodman, everybody.-(laughing)

-Okay. -Welcome, uh... welcometo the show, Mr. Rodman.


Um, please, uh,call me Ambassador Rodman.

Now, Trump has me on the shortlist for Secretary of State.

-Oh, God. Okay, uh,-Yeah.

so first-- I can't understandthis-- first you were against

-Kenneth Bae's release, and thenyou supported it. -Mm-hmm. Yeah.

So what are your feelings now?

Well, I-I feel, uh...

I-I feel, uh, v-vindicated.

-Okay.-I-I feel, uh, validated.

-Yeah.-Which reminds me,

uh, do you validate parking?

-Uh, no.-Yeah.

And you're not even here.


Do you, you vindicate parking?

-You, uh... you do that?-Look, please, Dennis,

-walk us through your thinkingon Kenneth Bae, okay? -Oh.

Focus on this. Now,he thanked you, uh, for helping.

-How did that happen?-Uh, yeah.

Well, I tweetedat my boy, Kim Jong-un.

Okay, you tweeted at him? Okay.

Yeah. I knowI should have Snapchatted him...

-No, I wasn't... -...butthis was three years ago.

-I know. I'm not making..-You know, a different time.

Different apps...

I'm not making a big dealof that. Okay.

-You know, Fruit Ninja.-Okay, so, why...?

-What? Yeah. What? Okay.-Okay, stop it.

Why exactly did you tweetto him?

-I thought you were sayingBae was guilty. -No.

-Larry, no. This is partof my genius. -What?

I made everyone believethat I was mad at Chris Cuomo,

setting up a year later,you know, my tweet.

-Ha, ha, ha, ha!-(laughter)

Long fuse. (laughs)

That doesn't make sense at all!

Because you don't know dickabout foreign affairs, Wilmore.

-(audience groans)-Yeah. -Okay, all right.

Well, then how are you suchan expert at foreign affairs?

Because I'm Dennis Rodman.

I've hooked up with tons ofwomen from different countries.

My bedroom-- melting pot.It's a melting pot!


That sounds horrible.


Are you crying?What's the matter?

Can't you just give me credit,Wilmore?

Maybe my style unorthodox,but I get results.

I did what no one else could do.

-Okay, fine, fine, but pleasehelp me understand. -Yeah.

No, you help me understand.No, you help me.

No, no, no, no. You wenton television... Stop it!

-You went on television.-No. I...!

Stop it!You went on television

and literally badmouthedKenneth Bae in early 2014.

And that is why you'll never beambassador material,

William... Wilmore, okay?

That's why you will never beambassador material.

-Yeah.-#Strategy, okay?

-(laughter)-It was done to show Kim

that I understood what Baehad done in North Korea.

Wheels within wheels, Wilmore.


I will never understandwhat's going on in your mind

and between you and Kim Jong-un.

That's on you! That's on you!

-Uh...-History will be Judge Judy.



As usual, not helpful.

-Dennis Rodman, everyone!-Yeah.

-(cheers and applause)-I can't understand him.