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Zach Galifianakis Says Donald Trump Won’t Be on ‘Between Two Ferns’ Because He’s ‘Mentally Challenged’

Don't expect Donald Trump to make his way to Galifianakis' Funny or Die series.

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis

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Zach Galifiankis has two big fall comedies on the horizon — Friday’s “Masterminds” and October’s “Keeping Up With The Jonses” — and he got a major jump on publicity last week thanks to the blockbuster return of his Funny Or Die web series “Between Two Ferns.” Featuring a memorable appearance by Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the episode broke records for the series as it earned more than 30 million views in its first 24 hours. Having Clinton appear on the series was a major get for Galifianakis, and it’s forced everyone to ask if Donald Trump may be next in line. If the host is to be believed, then we shouldn’t hold our breath.

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“No. That doesn’t interest me,” Galifianakis recently told the L.A. Times about hosting Trump on “Between Two Ferns.” “He’s the kind of guy who likes attention — bad attention or good attention. So you’re dealing with a psychosis there that’s a little weird. I wouldn’t have somebody on that’s so mentally challenged. I feel like I’d be taking advantage of him. And you can print that.”

As for how Clinton landed her much publicized guest appearance on the show, director Scott Auckerman revealed that the nominee’s team actually reached out to do the show, as opposed to Funny Or Die courting her. Clinton was a fan of Obama’s appearance back in 2014 and was eager to film a spot.

“A lot of times with ‘Between Two Ferns’ if it’s someone in entertainment, their publicist will reach out,” Aukerman told The Daily Beast. “In the case of Obama, the White House reached out, and you never quite know if the person knows that their people are reaching out about it. But in this case, Mrs. Clinton is the one who reached out about doing it, as she was a big fan of the Obama one.”

You can watch Clinton’s appearance by clicking here. “Masterminds” opens in theaters this Friday.

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