A presidential election is "not reality TV," US President Barack Obama said Wednesday in an interview with late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon.
Obama praised Hillary Clinton, who a day earlier secured his Democratic Party's nomination, but did not endorse her outright ahead of a meeting Thursday with rival candidate Bernie Sanders.
"The main role I'm gonna be playing in this process is to remind the American people that this is a serious job," Obama said, according to a transcript of the interview that is to air Thursday. "You know, this is not reality TV."
Obama said he had not spoken with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Asked whether Republicans were happy with their divisive choice, Obama joked, "We are. But I don't know how they're feeling."
However, he said on a serious note that situation among opposition Republicans "is not actually good for the country as a whole. It's not something Democrats should wish for."
He said he hoped the party could correct itself in future elections and return to its role as a centre-right party.