Apparently, “Saturday Night Live” still feels like they can do something more with their impersonation of Donald Trump. Earlier today, NBC confirmed in a new promo that frequent host Alec Baldwin will be taking on the role of the Presidential candidate through at least the end of the election cycle later this fall. He replaces announcer Darrell Hammond in the role, who in turn replaced now-former cast member Taran Killam.
Why three different Trumps in two years? It’s hard to say, but maybe the show just saw something in Baldwin’s take that they presume will be extremely funny. Hammond’s impersonation in particular is famous, which is in part why we are so surprised by this announcement.
Kate McKinnon is going to continue to play Hillary Clinton for the series, and given that the show is not giving Trump to a current cast member, you have to wonder if this is the show hedging its bets somewhat that Hillary will defeat Trump in the election a little bit later this year. It’s similar in a way to when they brought in Larry David to be Bernie Sanders, likely presuming that he was not going to end up being the Democratic nominee. He was extremely funny, and ended up ultimately being nominated for an Emmy for the episode in which he hosted.
Hopefully, this booking will lead to Baldwin also getting a full episode this season, given his status as an “SNL” staple.
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