Late-night host Stephen Colbert, while in Russia, announced that he may run for president in 2020.
It happened in a clip posted to the website of a late-night show on Russian TV, hosted by Ivan Urgant, Deadline reported Friday.
While speaking to Urgant and taking shots of vodka, Colbert asked if he could make an announcement.
“OK. I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020, and I thought it would be better to cut out the middle man and just tell the Russians myself,” Colbert said. The comment is a reference to the U.S. intelligence community’s belief that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 election, which has spawned a federal and a number of congressional investigations.
“If anyone would like to work on my campaign, in an unofficial capacity, please just let me know,” he continued.
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Deadline reported that CBS “coyly” said that Colbert is “on assignment for a future broadcast” of the “Late Show,” which he hosts.
Colbert briefly ran a satirical bid for president in 2007. He also toyed with the idea of another announcement up the run-up to the 2012 election to be “president of the United States of South Carolina,” where he is from, after handing the reigns of a super PAC that he started to his then Comedy Central colleague John Stewart.