Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPompeo: Countries must 'step up,' provide 'transparent' coronavirus information to save lives China did not count coronavirus positives if patient had no symptoms: report Trump seeks to sell public on his coronavirus response MORE (R-Fla.) is laughing off the idea that a Hollywood star will become the next Speaker of the House.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? The Pelosi administration It's not populism that's killing America's democracy MORE (R-Wis.) announced on Wednesday that he’s retiring from Congress after this year, fueling talk of who might run for the speakership.


Asked by TMZ on Thursday about the requirements for a potential Speaker, Rubio pointed out, “You don’t have to be a member of the House to be the Speaker.”

Any U.S. citizen can be elected Speaker, a position second in line in the presidential succession.

Asked if electing a celebrity, such as Kanye West or Oprah Winfrey, would “help unify the party,” Rubio replied with a grin, “That’s like, you don’t have to be a cardinal to be the Pope — but they always elect a cardinal.”