Kid Rock
Kid Rock speaks onstage during the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, June 6, 2017. Getty Images

Earlier this year, the rap-rock musician Kid Rock fueled speculation that he would run for Senate, most likely as a Republican. Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, put those rumors to bed Tuesday in a swear-laden and incredulity riddled interview.

“Are you f---ing kidding me? Who couldn’t figure that out?” said Ritchie on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show. “I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on tour, too. Are you f---ing s----ing me?”

Ritchie, a Michigan native, started a “Kid Rock for Senate” website in July and continued to make statements that left open the idea that he might run. Now, Ritchie revealed the whole thing was mostly a ploy.

“We start going with it, everyone gets their panties in a bunch,” said Ritchie. “I have people that work for me, they’re on the in, I’m like, ‘F--- no we’re not doing it. But let’s roll with it for a little while. This is awesome.’”

While he made no formal steps to run, Ritchie encouraged the idea several times, enough that sitting Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who is up for election in 2018, fundraised off of the potential campaign.

Ritchie visited the White House in April and met with President Donald Trump, who he said he liked, but had some issues with.

“His messaging is not the best. And if I get to talk to him again, play golf or whatever, I’d be like, ‘Dude, we got to talk about this,’” said Ritchie.

Ritchie chalked the whole thing up to just antics of his.

“I say dumb s--t, but I’m like f---ing in a band,” said Ritchie.

It looks like Stabenow can breathe a little easier Tuesday.