If you were hoping that “South Park” would return to Comedy Central with some scathing satire of Donald Trump, prepare to be disappointed.
In an interview with Australia’s ABC News, show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said that they will “back off” from Trump and political humor when they write new “South Park” episodes later this year.
But Parker and Stone aren’t easing up on Trump because they like him or fear backlash. They’re easing up because they have no idea how to make today’s political events look more ridiculous.
“It’s really tricky now as satire has become reality,” Parker said. “We were really trying to make fun of what was going on [last year] but we couldn’t keep up. What was actually happening was way funnier than anything we could come up with. So we decided to just back off and let them do their comedy and we’ll do ours.”
Stone said that people always joke to them about how it must be easy to mock politics now that Trump is in the White House, but he doesn’t feel that way.
“People tell us all the time…’Oh, you guys are getting all this good material’ like we’re happy about some of the stuff that’s been happening,” Stone said. “But I don’t know if that’s true. It doesn’t feel that way. It’s feels like [the Trump administration] is going to be more difficult.”
“Yeah, like they’re going out and doing the comedy,” added Parker. “It’s not something that you can make fun of.”
Trump jokes or no Trump jokes, Parker and Stone will move forward with season 21 of “South Park,” which premieres on Comedy Central this fall.
Watch the interview above.