Taran Killam is still haunted by that time Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7, 2015. While appearing on Conan Monday night, the comedian said he still deeply regrets being a part of something that gave the now-president of the United States a platform.
“In retrospect for me, and it’s mostly about my personal experience with it and how I feel about it as time goes on and our current president kind of reveals his character or lack thereof, I personally have a hard time of having been involved in an endorsement of that,” Killam said. “It’s not necessarily a critique of the show, but, boy, it’s really hard to have played a part in encouraging — or not even encouraging, but just offering a platform and promoting for someone who I find I’m constantly disappointed in.”
Many protested the episode at the time and claimed NBC was legitimizing Trump, who likened illegal Mexican immigrants to rapists and killers. The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda called for the network to drop Trump as host, a petition to have him ousted began circling online, protestors rallied outside 30 Rock in New York City, and the hashtag #RacismIsntFunny popped up on social media.
On Conan this week, he also recalled something Trump said during a cast dinner for his hosting episode: “[Trump] said something at that host dinner that I just, I found at the time shocking and now more so, where they were talking about, ‘Yeah, you’re running for president. What a big thing to take on.’ He’s like, ‘You know listen, if I don’t win this thing, I’m going to be fine. We just bought this huge property in Scotland. If I have to be president, I’m never gonna see that thing!’”
Killam believes “of course” Trump found the time to go to the house, since he’s found so much time to golf. Watch more of his interview with O’Brien in the clip above.