Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in is podcast “Stay Tuned” this morning did not rule out running for attorney general, but said he would not participate in the process being conducted by the Legislature to appoint a new attorney general.

“It does have the look and feel of a back room deal and that’s not something I want to be a part of now,” Bharara said in the opening remarks on the podcast released this morning. “They should not have a dog and pony show in the state Legislature.”

Bharara is a highly unlikely choice to be selected by the Legislature at any rate. He rose to prominence as a top federal prosecutor in large part for his aggressive prosecution of public corruption, including the top legislative leaders in the Assembly and Senate.

At the moment, the leading candidate to replace disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman through legislative appointment is seen as New York City Public Advocate Tish James.

Legislative hearings are set to begin on Tuesday with candidate interviews. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has pledged an open process for the appointment.

Bharara was fired as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District last year.

In the podcast, Bharara endorsed keeping acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood in the post on an interim basis, calling her “beyond reproach.”

Bharara’s name has been mentioned as possible AG candidates, which he called flattering. While he’s insisted electoral politics is not his preferred way of making a living, Bharara would not rule out running.

“I don’t know that I want the job. I’ve said many times that politics is not my cup of tea. It’s not,” he said. “I don’t think politics is really for me, but it’s an important job, an important time and we’ll see.”