Watch: Ricky Gervais Has the Perfect Solution to America's Trump Problem

Whether or not you support Donald Trump, it’s hard to deny the entertainment value his campaign brings to the presidential race. After all, most Trump voters don’t back the candidate on policy, but rather, his ability to relate to them. But let’s face it, “telling it like it is” without any plausible solutions can get really old, really fast when you actually have to lead the country—and not just win over its voters.  
However, comedian Ricky Gervais has launched a plan that makes everyone happy—including Trump. On Tuesday’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Gervais admitted indulging in American election coverage, which gave him a brilliant idea. 
“I started off thinking it was quite funny,” Gervais told host Seth Meyers. “Then it got a bit serious. And now I don’t know whether I want him to get in for the fun of it or not. I mean, I can say that, I don’t live here. Sorry about that.”
Gervais' idea? Trump certainly has more experience in reality television than politics—so why not give him something we know for certain he’ll be great at? Or at least something less risky: a 24-hour Trump channel.
“I just want to see a channel 24/7—just him talking—because it’s amazing,” Gervais said, adding, “He doesn’t mean to be funny, that’s the beauty of it.”
So how would the Trump channel come about?
“What if we just told him he got in? So, he gets up every day, right? And he does a little address and we go, ‘yes, that’s brilliant!' 'I’m the president. 'Hi, President!’ And they’re all extras, and he never knows he was never president,” explained Gervais.
“And we’re filming it and watching it. That'd be amazing,” Meyers agreed. “You wouldn’t even have to tell him, right? You would just say—”
“No, not yet,” Gervais told him, plotting away.
“Maybe a year in you’d say, ‘Here’s the thing, it’s been fake, but the ratings are huge!'” said Meyers.
Watch Ricky Gervais pitch his plan for Trump as a fake president:

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