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.
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.