15 Celebrities Who Threatened to Leave the Country
See 15 stars who threatened to leave the country based on the outcome of a presidential election.
Miley Cyrus vowed to “move out da country” after Donald Trump picked up a huge lead in the Republican primary race on Super Tuesday. She also called him a “f—ing nightmare” on Instagram and said, “[And] if he doesn’t think he is ‘God’ he thinks he is the f—ing chosen one or some s—! We’re all just f—ing jam between his rich ass toes. Honestly f— this s— I am moving if this is my president! I don’t say things I don’t mean!”
Current Status: TBD on Trump’s win, Cyrus is still out of this world.
After Stewart left his post on The Daily Show and Trump’s campaign ascended, many fans lamented his absence. What would Stewart have said on air about the candidate? When asked what he would do if Trump actually won, Stewart told PEOPLE, “I would consider getting on a rocket and going to another planet, because clearly this planet’s gone bonkers.”
Current Status: TBD on Trump’s win, Stewart is still widely missed on air.
Back in 2008, Grammy-winning R&B star Akon said he would ditch America if John McCain beat Barack Obama. Though he was born in Senegal, the star has American Citizenship. “If [Obama] doesn’t get into office, I’m going to change my citizenship,” he told the Guardian at the time. “I’m moving back to Africa. You can hold me to that. I’m afraid to live there if [McCain] is president.”
Current Status: Luckily for the “Locked Up” rapper, McCain lost to Barack Obama, allowing him to keep his residence in the U.S.
The Pearl Jam rocker made his threat ahead of the 2000 election, warning against a George W. Bush presidency. “I’m frightened to think of a Republican in office, especially one raised by a father who was in the CIA,” he reportedly told USA Today of the man who would become the 43rd President of the United States. “I’m moving to a different country if little Damien II gets elected.”
Current Status: Bush won, Vedder stayed, and Pearl Jam released “Bu$hleaguer.”
A vocal democrat, Barbara Streisand voiced her fear for the political future after George W. Bush was elected. “I don’t think you’ll see me around here for at least four years,” Babs told People as President Bill Clinton was leaving office.
Current Status: The famed singer stayed in the U.S. and campaigned for democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.
“If George Bush is elected president, I’m leaving for France,” director Robert Altman said in 2000.
Current Status: Bush won, Altman stayed in the country, and he picked up two Academy Award nominations during Dubya’s reign.
Seal’s another star who promised to ditch the States if McCain beat Obama in the 2008 election. “If McCain is elected and America staggers on further toward the abyss, then we will leave the country,” he told Vanity Fair in 2008. But after the interview hit stands, he told Access Hollywood he was misquoted. “What I did say [was], the country has gone through perhaps the worst eight years during the [Bush] administration, since I have been living here the past 20 years. And I said, it’s okay for us, if a country gets too bad, too polarized, if it gets too divisive, we have options. We can always go somewhere.”
Current Status: Seal chose not to take the option of going elsewhere.
Tina Fey may have played Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live but there’s no way she would have stuck around if the Alaskan Governor and John McCain had landed in the White House. “We’re gonna take it week by week,” she told TV Guide back in 2008. “If she wins, I’m done. I can’t do that for four years. And by ‘I’m done,’ I mean I’m leaving Earth.”
Current Status: Sarah Palin did not win, allowing the beloved comedian to stay on the planet.
Rush Limbaugh claimed in 2010 that he would leave the United States if Obamacare passed. “If this passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented, I am leaving the country,” he told a caller on The Rush Limbaugh Show. “I’ll go to Costa Rica.”
Current Status: Well, it’s 2016, Obamacare is alive and well, and Limbaugh’s still here.
Never one to hesitate from speaking out, Whoopi Goldberg used her platform on The View to discuss her opinions on Donald Trump. “I’ve always been an American, and this has always been my country, and we’ve always been able to have discussions… And suddenly now it’s turning into, you know, ‘not them, not them,’” she said of the election. “And you know, we have a lot of friends whose parents saw this already. They don’t want to relive this. They don’t want to relive this. So I need all the candidates to get it together. Get back to American values… I don’t think that’s America. I don’t want it to be America. Maybe it’s time for me to move, you know.”
Current Status: TBD on Trump’s win.
In what some saw as a dig at his brother, Alec Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin laid down the gauntlet on Fox News in 2008. “I just want to say right now that it’s official, if Barack gets nominated, I’ll be moving out of the country,” he said at the time.
Current Status: Obama won, and both Baldwins are still U.S. citizens.
A longtime democrat, Susan Sarandon threatened to leave the country if John McCain won the 2008 election. “If McCain gets in, it’s going to be very, very dangerous,” she told the Telegraph at the time. “It’s a critical time, but I have faith in the American people. If they prove me wrong, I’ll be checking out a move to Italy. Maybe Canada, I don’t know. We’re at an abyss.”
Current Status: McCain didn’t win, and the U.S. got to keep Sarandon.
Samuel L Jackson
Appearing in a sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Samuel L. Jackson found himself voicing a “Hateful Eight Ball” in support of his movie, The Hateful Eight. Jimmy Kimmel asked the fortune-telling device “Will Donald Trump be our next President?” to which Jackson replied, “If that motherf–ker becomes President, then I’m moving my black ass to South Africa.”
Current Status: TBD on Trump’s win.
Cher let the world know that if Donald Trump were to be elected President she would leave the country — nee, the planet! Back in June 2015, she tweeted about Trump’s ego, called him an “obnoxious asshole,” and tweeted, “If he were to be elected I’m moving to Jupiter.”
Current Status: TBD on Trump’s win, still lives on Earth.
George Lopez, who previously said he would “leave voluntarily” if Sarah Palin won the presidency in 2012, has voiced a similar sentiment at the prospect of Donald Trump taking the White House. “Trump in 2016… If he wins, he won’t have to worry about immigration, we’ll all go back,” he said in an interview with TMZ.
Current Status: Lopez made it through one election without seeing his fear realized, TBD on round two.