8:52pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
Bill Hader, John Goodman Return as Fired Trump White House Staffers in 'SNL' Cold Open
In a spoof of Anderson Cooper 360, Saturday Night Live’s cold open over the weekend addressed the firing of former F.B.I. Deputy Director Andrew G. McCabe and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as well as other recent events in the Donald Trump administration.
Kate McKinnon reprised her impression of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to talk about the McCabe firing. “Look at me! I’ve still got a job,” the character declared.
It was a star-studded cold open, with John Goodman reprising his impression of Tillerson. “It just wasn’t a good fit. Look, these things happen,” he said.
The night’s host, Bill Hader, surprised by appearing as Anthony Scaramucci, whom the former castmember has portrayed before on the show. He was joined his Documentary Now! co-creator and fellow SNL alum Fred Armisen, who played Michael Wolff, the writer of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
SNL catmember Alex Moffat, impersonating Anderson Cooper, asked if Trump’s White House was as bad as critics say, and Armisen’s Wolff responded, “Trump would line up his staff and use a laser pointer and circle their love handles every day” before promising a sequel to Fire and Fury, with a new tell-all source, who turned out to be Scaramucci.
Hader as Scaramucci said that Jared Kushner would be the next White House player to get booted out. “Jared Kushner’s toast, baby,” he said, repeatedly forgetting that he was on live TV.
The real Scaramucci appeared to enjoy Hader's impression on Twitter. Sharing a photo from the sketch, the former Trump staffer tweeted at SNL: "Wait?! Where do I get a hold of that tie?!"