Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' For Poland, a time for justice Judiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh MORE (R-Fla.) is laughing off the idea that a Hollywood star will become the next Speaker of the House.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? 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.”