Padma Lakshmi Trump's Killed the Funny ... In the U.S. of A.

10/19/2018 6:28 AM PDT

'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi Says Trump has Taken the Funny Out of Civilized Society

EXCLUSIVE

Padma Lakshmi says things are so bad in the U.S. of A. now, she and lots of others have lost their ability to laugh.

We got the "Top Chef" host Thursday in NYC, and she doubled down on her take that Donald Trump is a racist and a bigot.

Beyond that ... Padma bemoans that it's hard to laugh and be funny with Trump at the helm.

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