While Saturday Night Live may not be on the air until the fall, there was a revelation at the end of the Weekend Update Summer Edition debut this past Thursday: Writer Katie Rich is now back on the show.
As reported first by the Chicago Sun-Times, the writer/performer was credited for the debut of the summer show earlier this week, and that marks her first appearance on the show since early this year. She was previously suspended for the remainder of the season following an insensitive joke that she made about Barron Trump, one that led to her being the subject of vast criticism online — especially from Donald Trump supporters. The current President has made multiple appearances on the show, and he and his wife Melania were both extremely critical of the comment.
Having Rich return in a quiet manner (she did not address it on social media) is ultimately the move that made the most sense, given that it kept it from becoming a spectacle and just allowed her a chance to return to work without having those eyes on her. She’ll likely continue in this spot for the remainder of the summer — she was specifically a Weekend Update writer before this, so it does make some sense to keep her in this post.
Of course, we don’t foresee that SNL is going to be slowing down in its critique of Trump or his administration anytime soon — or even some of his kids. While they steer clear of Barron, they have shown that they have no problem targeting Eric, Don Jr., or Ivanka. They’ve stayed largely clear of Tiffany Trump, but to be fair she hasn’t been in the public eye nearly as much as some of her other siblings. They just had their version of Eric and Don Jr. on this past episode to talk about many recent headlines, including the meeting that Don Jr. had with people from Russia in Trump Tower. Consider this one of many different stories about the President that came out over the course of the past few months that the show hasn’t had a chance to address yet.
Do we think that Alec Baldwin himself could stop by the show this summer to impersonate Trump? We certainly think that in theory it’s possible; in practice, probably not since he’d get better ratings on the main show.
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