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Stephen Colbert Announces Possible White House Run In 2020, On Russian TV

Deadline logo Deadline 6/23/2017 Lisa de Moraes
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Stephen Colbert is in Russia and, on Friday night, was set to appear on Evening Urgant,  popular late-night show hosted by Ivan Urgant that airs on state-run TV and looks suspiciously like certain late-night shows in the U.S.

In video on the program’s website (you have to wade through a long-ish program trailer first) that appears to be video of Colbert’s appearance – or the best case of Russian Fake News ever  – Colbert is seen exchanging pleasantries and face slaps with Urgant, by way of setting up a game of Russian roulette, only using a Lazy Susan filled with shot glasses containing clear liquid, instead of a pistol with bullets. -- See the clip here

Taking his first shot of vodka, Colbert made a toast:

“To the beautiful and friendly Russian people. I don’t understand why no members of the Trump administration can remember meeting you.”

Urgant toasted right back, feting the United States for inventing the internet that allowed Russia to meddle in the U.S. election.

Soon thereafter, Colbert learned all the shot glasses contain vodka. “So they’re all bullets?” he snarked.

A shot or two in, Colbert said to host Urgant – at about 4:20 in the video – “Can I announce something? I’m here in Russia –” then stopped and asked Urgant, “This is not shown in the United States?”

Urgant assured him it’s only being seen at Trump’s place.

Colbert seemed okay with that and continued:

“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 added, smiling: “If anyone would like to work on my campaign, in an unofficial capacity, please just let me know.”

Related Video: Stephen Colbert Taping In Russia? (Via CBS Philly)

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One day earlier, after President Donald Trump tweeted that he did not have any recording of any conversation with FBI Director James Comey (as he had suggested he might have in May), Colbert tweeted a photo of himself, in St. Petersburg, and wrote:

“Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’m in Russia. If the ‘tapes’ exist, I’ll bring you back a copy!”

CBS says coyly that Colbert is on assignment for a future broadcast of Late Show.

Nellie Andreeva contributed to this report.

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