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Seth Meyers on the Intersection of Trump and Comedy

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Actor Seth Meyers arrives at the FYC event for IFC's "Brockmire" and "Documentary Now!" at Saban Media Center on May 31, 2017, in North Hollywood, California. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 05:41 PM

In an interview in the Emmy magazine The Wrap, Seth Myers said President Donald Trump was hurting himself more than comedians could ever hurt him with jokes, no matter how brilliant.

Meyers has been joking about Trump since long before he became president: Meyers roasted the then-"Celebrity Apprentice" host in 2011 at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, making a comment that may have led Trump to decide to run for president.

In an interview with CNN, Meyers called Trump a “shadow” since that time but said he didn’t regret anything he said that night.

Meyers was clear in The Wrap interview that he didn’t fancy himself a journalist for commenting on Trump, and denied having the power to “run Trump out of office.”

"If he should end up out of office it seems like it will be a lot more based on the decisions he’s making than the decisions we’re making. The wounds on Trump are a lot more self-inflicted than comedy-inflicted," the "Late Night" host said.

Meyers was humble about the impact of his comedy on the political narrative.

“Once comedy gets important, it stops being funny,” he told The Wrap. “Our goal is to process what happened in the last 24 hours and hopefully give it to you in a way you enjoy.”

Myers did admit it would be a bonus if Trump was run out of office, but said he didn’t have a contingency plan if Trump left.

“We’re a lot better off if we just focus on today [rather than] trying to guess what will happen a month from now or two months from now,” adding that he and others were wrong about who would win the election and were probably “bad at” predicting what would happen.

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