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NBC’s Saturday Night Live went after one of its own on the latest installment.
Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump was missing from the Nov. 3 episode of the 44th season of the late-night sketch series, but the actor himself made it into the cold open in the form of a jab at his own expense.
At the end of a Fox News sketch that saw Kate McKinnon as Laura Ingraham and Cecily Strong as Jeanine Pirro pushing caravan fear-mongering onto the Ingraham Angle audience, McKinnon’s Ingraham said before heading to break, “When we come back, an update from disgraced former actor Alec Baldwin — seen here molesting a young Boy Scout.” The show then jumped to a photo of a shirtless Baldwin sitting next to Adam Sandler from their 1994 SNL sketch, “Canteen Boy.”
Baldwin, a recurring player on SNL, on Friday was arrested and charged with assault in New York for allegedly punching a man over a parking spot. (He denied the “assertion” on Twitter.)
The cold open kicked off a politically charged episode that also tackled several headlines of the week, including the cancellation of Megyn Kelly’s morning show Megyn Kelly Today, which is under the NBC umbrella. The NBC News host’s show was axed only days after Kelly questioned why blackface is racist on-air, sparking instant backlash and continued talks about her complicated exit from the network.
During “Weekend Update,” the desk’s co-anchor Michael Che brought up the Kelly headline. “NBC News announced that Megyn Kelly will not be returning to the Today show after her comments last week about blackface,” he said of her holding the former time slot in Today‘s 9 o’clock hour. “But don’t worry, she’s recovering with a nice relaxing trip to the spa.” The joke was accompanied by a photo of Kelly in spa gear resembling blackface.
The episode, hosted by five-timer Jonah Hill, began by honoring Hill for his hosting record and brought on three high-profile cameos during his monologue. Tina Fey, Candice Bergen and Drew Barrymore — who have each hosted five times — welcomed Hill to the Five Timer’s Club, where men are no longer welcome in the Time’s Up era. The sketch, which had been started by Tom Hanks in 1990 and has resurfaced when a handful of male hosts hit the record, was now being represented by the three women (other members Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy, were missing).
“We have to be careful about which famous men we let in here,” Barrymore explained, citing Hanks’ role as Woody from Toy Story, Steve Martin playing the banjo without consent and Justin Timberlake’s infamous Super Bowl moment with Janet Jackson as reasons why those men are no longer allowed.
Bergen also requested a “Pete Davidson” drink (“All I know is it’s got a lot going on, but it gets the job done”), which was a warm-up joke to Davidson’s sincere address about his headline-making breakup with Ariana Grande that he delivered during a later “Weekend Update” appearance.
Saturday’s show also skewered midterm election anxiety with a short about fearful Democrats begging viewers to vote. Next week’s episode will be hosted by Liev Schreiber with musical guest Lil Wayne.
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