Chris Rock Criticizes Trump Administration, References Voter Suppression in 'SNL' Monologue

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Chris Rock hosted the 46th season premiere of NBC's Saturday Night Live on Oct 3, which was performed in front of a live but limited studio audience.

Head writers Colin Jost and Michael Che previously said they had to go to the former castmember's house to convince him to take on the hosting gig ahead of the uncertain season.

"All week I’ve had things going up my nose," Rock said, referencing some of the new safety protocols put in place for the season. Members of the live audience — separated into small group sections — were shown wearing masks. Upon the show's official return to Studio 8H, all ticketed guests were required to take a self-administered COVID-19 test upon arrival, in addition to a temperature check.

Rock mentioned Trump’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis in his monologue. "My heart goes out to COVID," he said.

He talked about how much plans have changed during the pandemic and then specifically addressed the fact that a lot of breakups have been happening. "I think we need to renegotiate our relationship to the government," he added. "I think Joe Biden should be the last president ever."

"To be the president of the United States, all you have to be is 35 and born in the United States," he said. "Anybody can be the president." He pointed out that there are more rules to a game show than to running for president. "Donald Trump left a game show to run for president because it was easier," he said.

Rock condemned the government throughout his monologue, also referencing voter suppression. He ended the monologue by quoting James Baldwin: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it's faced."