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NBC’s Saturday Night Live had another Hollywood figure to tackle during its show this week, and this time it was comedian and four-time host Louis C.K.
The comic was accused of sexual misconduct by five women in a New York Times exposé published Thursday, which accused the TV writer, producer and star of either attempting to or masturbating in front of them, either in person or over the phone. On Friday, C.K. said the claims were true in a lengthy statement, and he was swiftly dropped by his representatives. FX Networks and FX
Productions also severed ties with the longtime collaborator and star and ended his involvement on four TV series: FX’s Better Things and Baskets, Amazon’s One Mississippi and TBS’ forthcoming comedy The Cops.
Saturday night’s installment of the late-night sketch series was hosted by actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish, and in her opening monologue, the Girls Trip breakout said she was told she should talk about hot topics. Though Haddish took aim at the sexual harassment and assault allegations that are sweeping Hollywood and other industries alike, she did not mention C.K. by name.
As part of what she called “Tiff’s Tips,” she said: “Listen, fellas, listen. If you got your thing-thing out and she’s got all her clothes on, you’re wrong. You’re in the wrong. Wait until she takes her own clothes off, then pull your thing-thing out.”
During the cold open, while having a chat with Roy Moore (portrayed by castmember Mikey Day) and the sexual misconduct allegations that have been leveled against the Republican Alabama Senate nominee, Vice President Mike Pence (played by Beck Bennett) dropped in the line, “Even I heard about Louis C.K. and I’m not allowed to watch TV, I’m only allowed to listen to it.”
During the Moore-aimed sketch, Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions also appeared and, after dismissing Moore in seeming disappointment, said: “There’s so many men out there acting like monsters — Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, (cough) the president. Has this been happening forever? Have I both fostered and benefited from a culture of systemic oppression?,” then quickly decided, “No? Well, that’s a relief!”
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