Alec Baldwin Might Retire SNL’s Trump, Says NBC ‘Kills’ Political Endorsements
This past weekend’s SNL offered a sobering reaction to Donald Trump’s presidential win, a concept the series has continually taken flack for helping to normalize. Now, it seems Alec Baldwin will retire his version of the Republican billionaire, also claiming that NBC denies SNL the ability to officially endorse either political party.
Unlikely as it seemed that Baldwin would become a regular SNL fixture, akin to Larry David’s take on Bernie Sanders, the former 30 Rock star told WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show prior to the election that “I hope it’s over … If he wins, I would imagine there might be some opportunity for (returning), but I want my weekends back so I can go be with my kids.”
Baldwin’s publicist also confirmed to Inside Edition that Baldwin would at least sit out the post-election episode with Dave Chappelle, adding “we’re not sure” of any other appearances in the future. Baldwin also took a dig at SNL over Twitter, explaining to Time TV critic Daniel D’Addario that NBC forbids any attempt for the show to swing partisan:
In fact, Baldwin’s last appearance as Trump even ended with he and Kate McKinnon breaking their respective personas, with the latter stating to camera “We can’t tell you who to vote for, but on Tuesday we all get a chance to choose what kind of country we want to live in.”
SNL will likely answer for its role in promoting Trump for years to come, but should the series say one way or the other how the election should have gone, or was it implicit enough already?
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