Alec Baldwin to Return as Trump in 'SNL' Season Premiere

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Alec Baldwin as Trump on 'SNL'

"We’re going to keep doing it," the '30 Rock' star said during his sit-down with Ellen DeGeneres on September 13.

Alec Baldwin will step into President Trump's shoes once again during the Saturday Night Live premiere Sept. 30.

On hand to promote his new book, You Can’t Spell America Without Me, a parody memoir about Trump’s first year in office, Baldwin told Ellen DeGeneres during Wednesday’s episode of her eponymous daytime talk show that he plans on continuing to impersonate Trump on the NBC late-night show later this month. 

“We’re going to keep doing it,” Baldwin announced. While Baldwin questioned his ability to continue his buzzed about impression during a May Hollywood Reporter cover story, the actor said he was still interested in doing it, if his schedule permitted,

“I'd love to keep doing this per my availability, but I have other things I'm going to do, so I guess we'll figure it out,” explained Baldwin, “If I'm doing a film [a Lamborghini biopic opposite Antonio Banderas] in Rome in the fall, you can bet I'm going to be on a satellite from Rome doing Trump.”

To celebrate his announcement of his SNL return, the 30 Rock star suggested he and DeGeneres jump-start a weekly segment of teaching impressions to her audience.

DeGeneres was quick to respond saying, “I’m horrible at that or accents or anything.” To further prove her argument, DeGeneres attempted to tackle Baldwin’s infamous Trump impression.

Struggling to mutter a sentence in character, Badwin jokingly retorts, “We get it. You can’t do it. We understand.” 

Although unable to achieve her Trump impression, the talk show host compromised with a Columbo impersonation. “You know who’s cheering the loudest? Those that don’t even know who Columbo is,” Baldwin responded to the laughing audience. 

Despite Baldwin's Trump impression going viral, DeGeneres mentioned one actor who has yet to see Baldwin’s alter-persona: Johnny Depp. 

When Depp stopped by her show, the actor who played the president in a faux Art of the Deal biopic released by Funny or Die, confessed to never seeing Baldwin’s Trump.

DeGeneres suggested Baldwin and Depp have a Trump-off. 

“I’ve seen every Johnny Depp movie and I know every line from every Johnny Depp movie,” Baldwin said. In regard to the challenge, Baldwin was not opposed to a battle between the two impressionists, but he wanted DeGeneres to join them, “We can do that or even better, we can have him on the show and me on the show and the three of us do a Columbo off.” 

Season 43 of Saturday Night Live premieres Sept. 30, with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z. 

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