'SNL's' Weekend Update Anchors Mock Bill O'Reilly Over "Well-Fed" Slave Comments
"You don't hire slaves," said Michael Che, adding: "What would that job interview even be?"
Michael Che took on Bill O'Reilly's controversial comments about slavery as part of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update on MSNBC.
"Michelle Obama gave a very touching speech about how her daughters were actually raised in the White House, which was built by slaves, and right on cue Bill O'Reilly offered up some clarity," said Che.
They played a clip of O'Reilly's comments that the slaves who built the White House were "well-fed."
Che responded, “You don’t hire slaves, Bill. That goes against the very definition of slave. You slave a slave, you don't hire a slave.” Co-anchor Colin Jost laughed as Che went on.
"What would that job interview even be? 'Hey, we're looking for somebody long-term. Where do you see yourself in 400 years?'"
"I hate to crack that whip, but you gotta get to work on that Oval Office," continued Che. "If you're hungry, there's a sandwich in the trash."
O'Reilly said people who thought he was being "soft on slavery" are "beneath contempt."
Defending his comments on his Wednesday program, he said, “As any honest historian knows, in order to keep slaves and free laborers strong, the Washington administration provided meat, bread and other staples, also decent lodging on the grounds of the new presidential building. That is a fact. Not a justification, not a defense of slavery,”