Donald Trump has claimed that he turned down the Time Magazine Person of the Year award for 2017 and stars have taken to Twitter to express their mirth.

The US President was named the magazine's Person of the Year in 2016 after his shock election victory against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but it looks like winning the honour once wasn't enough.

The 71-year-old Republican politician tweeted on Thursday that Time had called him to say he was "PROBABLY going to be named "Man (Person) of the Year," like last year, but he would have to "agree to an interview and a major photo shoot".

"I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!", he added with more than a touch of sass.

On Friday, the publication responded to Trump's tweet, making it clear he was mistaken.

"The president is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6", Time wrote to President Trump.

The incident has tickled many people's funny bones, with RTÉ radio presenter Eoghan McDermott taking to Twitter to say he could have been named the next host of The Late Late Show, but decided to give a hard pass.

Veep and Seinfeld actress and comedian Julia Louis Dreyfus also got in on the action.

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill said he would have bagged the Person of the Year award by leaking Episode 8 spoilers, but decided to give it a miss when they told him Trump turned down the honour.

Tennis player Andy Murray said he decided to turn down the Sports Personality of the Year gong due to the interview and photo shoot requirements.

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson said he could have won the top spot in NME's Cool List if he had agreed to an interview and major photo shoot.

Meanwhile, Get Out director Jordan Peele took to Twitter to add his take on the joke.

The former editor of Time, Richard Stengel, responded to Trump with some damning statistics.

 Time's current Chief Content Officer Alan Murray elaborated, tweeting "Not a speck of truth here".