Kid Rock admits Senate bid was a joke: ‘F--k no, I’m not running’

To the surprise of hardly anyone, Kid Rock quashed his highly publicized but hardly serious bid to run for Senator in an interview with Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show Tuesday morning.

“F— no, I’m not running for Senate. Are you kidding me?” Rock said. “Who couldn’t figure that out? I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on tour too. Are you f—ing s—ting me?”

The rocker, whose “Sweet Southern Sugar” album is out Nov. 3, talked further about the bid, which amounts to a stunt. “It’s the worst advice I ever gave myself, but it’s been the most creative thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “And I’ve gotten to see everyone’s true colors.”

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Kid Rock inducts rock band Cheap Trick at the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 25: Singer/Songwriter Kid Rock visits at SiriusXM Studios on February 25, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0216 -- Pictured: Musical guest Kid Rock performs on February 23, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 05: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Kid Rock performs live onstage during the 2014 Louder Than Life Festival at Champions Park on October 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joey Foley/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0168 -- Pictured: Musical guest Kid Rock performs on November 21, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 05: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Kid Rock performs live onstage during the 2014 Louder Than Life Festival at Champions Park on October 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joey Foley/WireImage)
CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 20: Kid Rock performs on last night of 8 sold out shows during the $20 Best Night Ever Tour at DTE Energy Center on August 20, 2013 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 14: Kid Rock performs during the $20 Best Night Ever Tour at DTE Energy Music Theater on August 14, 2013 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
Kid Rock performs during Live Nation?s National Concert Day in New York May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording artist Kid Rock performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording Artist Kid Rock poses with The Harley J. Earl Trophy before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording Artist Kid Rock performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Recording artist Kid Rock presents an award during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 18: Recording artist Kid Rock appears during Tiger Jam 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 18: Recording artist Kid Rock performs during Tiger Jam 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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He said as the stunt gathered steam, even people on his team who were “in on the joke” began to take it seriously. He reminded them: “No, we’re not doing it — but let’s roll with it for a while.”

In July, Rock said that a website — kidrockforsenate.com —selling campaign T-shirts, yard signs, hats, and bumper stickers, was authentic. “Are you scared?” reads one of its headlines, along with a number of other slogans from his lyrics.

The speculation was that the singer, whose birth name is Robert Ritchie, would run for a seat in Michigan to unseat Debbie Stabenow, who is up for re-election in 2018. A proud right-winger and Trump supporter, he visited the White House, along with Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent, and performed at an event during the Republican National Convention.

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