'Murphy Brown' Star Candice Bergen Says Trump is 'Gift That Keeps on Giving,' Thanks Him for Golden Globe Nomination

Candice Bergen earned her ninth Golden Globes nomination for her portrayal of the titular character on CBS' "Murphy Brown," and in giving her thanks for the nod, the actress tipped her hat to the leader of the free world.

According to Deadline, Bergen thanked President Donald Trump both for her nomination and being one of the reasons for "Murphy Brown" was revived by CBS earlier this year.

"....it would not have been possible without the help of the President, who not only gave us the impetus for this reboot but provided us with fresh fields to plow daily that [series creator] Diane English and our superb writing staff have cultivated fearlessly and with unique wit," Bergen said. "He is, truly, the gift that keeps on giving."

Bergen also thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the committee that oversees nominations for the Golden Globes.

Trump and the political climate of the United States have been an important piece of the show's season, just as politics played a large part in the original run of the comedy. Brown, who works as a journalist on the show, often tackles storylines that are pulled from news headlines.

This season included stories on immigration, sexual harassment at work, and a journalist being attacked during a Trump rally, as well as an appearance from Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic opponent during the 2016 presidential election.

Thursday's statement isn't the first time that Bergen has credited the president for her current role.

During an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" in September, the actress told Colbert that Trump's election was the reason "Murphy Brown" came back to television. 

"What can I say? We wouldn’t have come back if the election had gone differently. It’s really the only thing I owe the president,” Bergen said.

"Murphy Brown" originally ran on CBS from 1988 to 1997. Bergen won two Golden Globes and five Emmy awards during the initial run of the show.

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