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Rob Schneider expressed his opinion the moment he learned that “Saturday Night Live” was “over”.
The 58-year-old SNL graduate told podcaster Glenn Beck that he thinks the famous post-2016 US presidential election was open as Kate McKinnon performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as Hillary Clinton was the sitcom on NBC.
“I hate being put on my own show,” the “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” star said during her Saturday appearance on “The Glenn Beck Podcast.”
He continued, “When Hillary Clinton lost – understandable. She wasn’t exactly the most likable person in the room. And then when Kate McKinnon went out there on ‘Saturday Night Live’ at the cold opening and all that, and she started dressing like Hillary Clinton, and she started In playing “Hallelujah.” I literally prayed, “Please teaser at the end.”
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“Don’t do this. Please don’t go there.” And there was no joke at the end, and I said, “It’s over. It’s over. It’s not coming back.”
McKinnon, 38, played a parody of Clinton on the series throughout the 2016 election cycle and reprized the role several times before leaving the show in May.
On the first episode of SNL after Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump, the show opened with McKinnon’s character as the former presidential candidate. The visibly emotional comedian played a somber performance of “Hallelujah” on piano before turning to the camera and saying, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.”
McKinnon then continued the show’s traditional intro line, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”
The official clip, which was a tribute to Cohen, who passed away days earlier, marks a major departure from the usual “SNL” comic. The scene received mixed reviews from critics, some of whom thought it was too partisan and didn’t set the right tone for a comedy show.
In a 2018 interview with Spin magazine, “SNL” writer Amy Wallace told the outlet that another cold-opening sketch was planned, but the idea was eventually scrapped by showrunner Lorne Michaels.
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Wallace said, “The original plan that night was for each cast member to talk to the camera, one by one, about how she was feeling after Donald Trump’s victory, culminating in McKinnon singing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine.
“Staff went so far as to buy her a white piano to play. But late in the week, producer Lorne Michaels told me, he decided that approach was too partisan.” In the end, we’re a comedy show, he said. You can’t forget that.”
Schneider started as a writer on SNL in 1988 before appearing as a main cast member from 1990 to 1994.
Later in his interview with Beck, Schneider criticized the comedic routines of the other late-night hosts as openly partisan.
He said, “You can take the comedic initiations that happen with each host late at night and you can exchange them with each other.”
“That’s how you know it’s not interesting anymore,” Schneider added.
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