South Park has featured satirical takes on a slew of celebrities during its 20-year-run, but one notable public figure will, according to series co-creator Trey Parker, have a much smaller role in future episodes: the nation’s controversial commander-in-chief, Donald Trump.
When South Park returns for season 21 this August, the Comedy Central hit will get back to its roots and take a step back from sensational lampoonery of well-known politicians, Parker recently told the Los Angeles Times.
“This season, I want to get back to Cartman dressing up like a robot and [screwing] with Butters, because to me, that’s the bread and butter of South Park: kids being kids and being ridiculous and outrageous, but not ‘did you see what Trump did last night?’ Because I don’t give a … anymore,” Parker told the Times. “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.”
“It’s also just gotten boring,” Parker continued. “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.”
As for when the show could finally come to an end, Parker — who currently voices an evil mastermind in the new animated comedy Despicable Me 3 alongside Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig — revealed he and South Park co-creator Matt Stone mull that possibility every season.
“We really thought that two seasons ago when we were doing all the PC Principal stuff,” he said. “We were like, ‘This is it — we’re going to get run out of town with our middle finger up.’ Because we felt the culture changing, and I think it still is on that track. The witch hunt is coming. Our day is coming. One of these days, out of nowhere, we’ll do something and they’ll go, ‘How dare you!’ — and we’ll be done. But what people don’t realize is, we’ve thought this for 20 years. We’ve been ready for it. Our bags are packed in the car, and we’re ready to go back to Colorado. And it’s cool, man.”
South Park‘s 21st season premieres Aug. 23 on Comedy Central. Read Parker’s full interview with the Los Angeles Times here.