OFFSTAGE: Toby Keith Talks Politics and Justin Bieber on Chelsea Lately

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I would not usually recommend drinking alcohol and then getting into a discussion about politics, especially on television. But somehow, Toby Keith can pull it off. That’s exactly what he did Tuesday (March 27) when appeared on Chelsea Lately . He and host Chelsea Handler drank his Wild Shot Mezcal (she from a shot glass, he drank straight from the bottle), then went on to talk about politics. “I come from a long line of Southern Democrats,” Keith said. “The headlines rope you into what you are,” he added, saying the media confuses where he stands on issues just because he does so much work with the USO. “I’m actually independent now,” he explained. “I’ll vote for who I want to vote for. I can’t stand politicians.” And God love Handler for using that to segue into a conversation about how Keith is in the middle of his own election. He is up against Justin Bieber in the upcoming Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. “How does that happen? I don’t have a chance in hell of beating Justin Bieber,” Keith admitted.

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