9:23pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'SNL' Searches for the Next Oscars Host in Impression-Filled Sketch
NBC's latest installment of Saturday Night Live addressed the controversy surrounding the upcoming Oscars, which were supposed to be hosted by Kevin Hart before old homophobic tweets from the comedian surfaced. SNL castmembers and the evening’s host, Matt Damon, did rapid-fire impressions of celebrities vying to fill the hosting gig.
Ego Nwodim portrayed Tiffany Haddish, and Melissa Villaseñor impersonated Sarah Silverman.
Pete Davidson, who earlier on Saturday posted a disturbing message on Instagram, also appeared in the pre-recorded sketch as actor Rami Malek.
Chris Redd played Kanye West, who made a controversial appearance on SNL earlier this season, and Allison Janney was portrayed by Heidi Gardner, who joked that a bottle of tequila would be her co-host.
Aidy Bryant impersonated comedian Hannah Gadsby and Roseanne Barr, who has also notoriously caused controversy on Twitter. Bryant also appeared as Amy Sherman-Palladino after Cecily Strong did an impression of Rachel Brosnahan in character as Midge from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Kenan Thompson played both Michael Strahan and Terry Crews.
Damon got a few impressions in, as well, portraying actors Chris Hemsworth and Matthew McConaughey.
Kate McKinnon appeared as Michelle Wolf and also closed out the sketch with a reprisal of her frequent Ellen DeGeneres impression. “I haven’t done anything controversial...except for being gay,” McKinnon’s Degeneres said. “But people don’t have a problem with that now. Except for the guy who was supposed to host.”