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NBC has granted equal air time to four Republican candidates who requested it after Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live earlier in the month, a network spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.
Trump hosted the Nov. 7 SNL episode and was on screen for 12 minutes and five seconds. On Monday, NBC granted the same amount of time to John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, James Gilmore and Lindsey Graham, the spokesperson said.
The time was granted because as a standard — FCC’s “Equal Time” rule — if a broadcast station gives one candidate airtime in anything other than a newscast or news interview program, others shall be afforded an equal opportunity.
However, that doesn’t mean SNL has to line up some new hosts. Time for each of the four men will be allocated on the 18 NBC affiliate stations in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Specifically, the four candidates can utilized network commercial and promo time during primetime hours this weekend, as well as during SNL on Nov. 28.
Trump has yet to respond to the development over Twitter, which tends to be his favorite personal forum. A request for comment from his campaign was not immediately returned.
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