7:22am PT by Jackie Strause
Rosie O'Donnell Feeds 'SNL' Flame With Steve Bannon Twitter Photo
Rosie O'Donnell revealed her Steve Bannon on Twitter Thursday night.
After announcing her availability to play the chief strategist to President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, the actress and Trump rival changed her profile picture to a photo of herself as Bannon.
The picture, a composite created by artist Johnny Smith, came after a week of calls from users on social media for O'Donnell to takeover the character, who currently appears only in costume as the Grim Reaper and is played by castmember Mikey Day.
After Melissa McCarthy's now-viral sketch spoofing White House press secretary Sean Spicer, a Politico report claiming Trump was irked that Spicer was played by a woman spurred fans to suggest O'Donnell continue with the supposedly bothersome trend.
O'Donnell's rep told The Hollywood Reporter that for now, she "is not doing SNL" and is just having fun with it on Twitter.
When reached by THR, a rep for the show said only that SNL does not comment on rumored guest appearances.
A petition started by a fan on Care2 in support of O’Donnell’s bid to play Bannon has gained more than 2,000 signatures.
"Signers of this petition are certain that President Rosie O'Bannon will continue SNL's important work keeping America greatly entertained," according to the petition.
When a user suggested to O'Donnell that the "mere speculation and possibility" of her appearing as Bannon this Saturday's will leave Trump "waiting on edge," the former View co-host pinned her reply to the top of her Twitter feed.
"My thoughts exactly - u know they watch it - cuddled together in short bathrobes in the Lincoln bedroom - eating fast food - tweeting #love," she tweeted about Trump and Bannon.
Saturday's episode will be hosted by none other than SNL's Trump, Alec Baldwin.