Trey Parker, co-creator of South Park which has aired for 20 seasons and counting on Comedy Central, announced that he’s so bored with jokes about Donald Trump they will not return in the upcoming 21st season.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Parker said, “It’s just gotten boring. We weren’t ever really that show. We would do an entire season and there would be one moment that played off something that had just happened and people would go, ‘South Park is the show that does that.’ And that’s just not true. We’re not.”
Last season, the animated series started off with an election-inspired episode that mocked both candidates by replacing their names with “Giant Douche” for Trump and “Turd Sandwich” for Hillary Clinton. Recurring character Mr. Garrison slowly turned into an orange-faced presidential candidate and that Trump parody wound up lasting throughout the season.
Parker said it was a "trap" that he and co-creator Matt Stone fell into and just kept it up:
“We fell into the same trap that Saturday Night Live fell into, where it was like, ‘Dude, we’re just becoming CNN now.’ We’re becoming: ‘Tune in to see what we’re going to say about Trump.’ Matt and I hated it, but we got stuck in it somehow.
“We probably could put up billboards — ‘Look what we’re going to do to Trump next week!’ and get crazy ratings. But I just don’t care.”
About Trump, Parker said he is “not intentionally funny, but he is intentionally using comedic art to propel himself.”
“The things that we do — being outrageous and taking things to the extreme to get a reaction out of people — he’s using those tools,” Parker added. “At his rallies he gets people laughing and whooping. I don’t think he’s good at it. But it obviously sells. It made him president.”
As far as the upcoming season goes, Parker said the show will return to the “bread and butter of South Park” which is “kids being kids and being ridiculous and outrageous but not ‘Did you see what Trump did last night?’ Because I don’t give a [expletive] anymore.”