Black Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain called his bizarre ad featuring a slow-motion zoom of Cain Chief of Staff Mark Block smoking “hilarious.”

Both Cain and Block have said the YouTube Video, which has been viewed more than 900,000 times is not intended to promote smoking. Block told Megyn Kelly of Fox News said that the staffers let him “be Block.”

“I would personally encourage people not to smoke, but as people on the staff said, ‘Just let Block be Block,’” Block said. “I’m not the only one who smokes in America, for God’s sake – it’s just a choice that I’ve made, and it was at the end of the ad.”

In a Fox News interview Oct. 26, Cain said there was no hidden message behind the video.

“We weren’t trying to send any subliminal message whatsoever,” Cain said. “Many of us found it hilarious, because we know Mark Block.”

Cain said he left the video’s direction in the hands of his chief of staff.

“We were in Vegas, and we knew we wanted to put something new out there,” the GOP contender said. “I trusted Mark Block, which I still do, and I thought he did a great job with the ad.”

Watch Herman Cain’s web ad here