NEW YORK (CBSDC) – Former President Bill Clinton has come clean about the rumored phone call that launched Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Clinton denied he called Trump to encourage the billionaire to enter the race.

“His daughter told my daughter that he had tried to call me and I didn’t get the message,” he answered. “So I simply called him back”

Clinton explained the two did not discuss politics during the call.

“I don’t know if he ever intended to discuss this with me or not,” added Clinton. “I think by the time I got him back, he had forgotten why he called me in the first place.”

Colbert then teased Clinton, wondering if he had enticed Trump to run in order to increase the chances of a general election victory for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“I had a very pleasant conversation with him and it wasn’t about running for office…so I missed a chance,” laughed Clinton.

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Colbert said many consider Bill Clinton to be the “explainer-in chief” and asked if he could explain why Trump has been leading the polls for the GOP nomination.

“He is a master brander and he’s the most interesting character out there,” answered the former president.

Colbert led the interview with a question about Hillary Clinton’s Democratic rival, Senator Bernie Sanders.

“In America they believe that the Republicans have been rewarded for going further to the right,” mused Clinton, “so the Democrats would be even more effective if they moved further to the left.”

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