'It's good for ratings. And frankly, it's a gamble for the candidate,' O'Brien wrote

By Christian Holub
Updated November 06, 2015 at 09:46 PM EST
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This weekend, Donald Trump hosts Saturday Night Live, and like everything Trump’s done for the past few months, it’s making waves across all media. There are petitions, protests, and questions about equal-time. So when comedian and former SNL featured player Mike O’Brien participated in a Reddit AMA on Friday, he ended up fielding some Trump questions.

The first one asked, “How’s it working with the Donald?” O’Brien responded that he’s currently in L.A. and hasn’t been involved with the Trump episode.

“I am living in L.A. now and will just be back at SNL for a handful of videos this season,” O’Brien wrote. “So I am not working with him this week on the show. Just our usual overlap in the high stakes real estate world. Where I would describe him as ‘more bark than bite.'”

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EW then submitted a follow-up question, asking O’Brien for his general thoughts on Donald Trump hosting the show while running for president.

“I don’t think it’s very odd,” O’Brien wrote. “Hillary [Clinton] was a guest in the first [episode of] SNL has had a ton of candidates make appearances during election years. It’s good for ratings. And frankly, it’s a gamble for the candidate. Public opinion about what kind of person this is can change by watching them try to do comedy for 90 mins. For better or worse. So I kind of feel an ‘at your own risk’ vibe about it. I also encourage people who hate him to not watch, which is an option some people forget they have.”

Clinton appeared in a sketch during the SNL season premiere, and mocked Trump and his frequent braggadocio.

Speaking to Bill O’Reilly before his appearance on SNL, Trump revealed that he had veto power over sketches that were “too risqué.”

“Because you know, the poll just came down, I’m leading in Iowa, I want to stay leading in Iowa,” Trump said of his reasoning for dropped the ax.

Head here for the rest of the AMA, where O’Brien also answered questions about his SNL experience and comedic process, and learn more about his sketch comedy album Tasty Radio here.

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