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West Wing Darling Allison Janney Admits She’s Over the ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ of Politics Today

Seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney may be best known as her turn in the critically acclaimed series The West Wing as the Bartlet administration Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, but the 2016 cycle has the actress turning to anything but politics.

Janney sat down with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Monday night, and revealed that despite the political climate that her signature character was a part of for years on television, she’s grown disenfranchised with the nonsense of today’s cable news. “I can’t pay attention anymore to the dialogue. The campaigns drive me crazy,” she told Colbert.

This admission is a bit of a disappointment for a fervent West Wing fan like myself; when I get too disappointed or crazed with the silliness of 2016, I like to think that Janney, Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, and Richard Schiff still walk and talk about policy with ridiculously acerbic wit down the hallways of one of Aaron Sorkin‘s homes. Or, at the very least, that Janney can still break out The Jackal at a moment’s notice.

“They’re all off now,” she said to Colbert about cable news programming in general. “I can’t do it. I can’t do it. I just can’t watch it anymore,” she continued.

“What have you replaced them with? Cooking Channel or Shark Week? It’s less violent!” retorted the Late Show host.

“I don’t like the dialogue. I don’t like the smoke and mirrors aspect of it. I don’t trust anything,” said the actress.

Watch above via The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.


J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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