Rosie O'Donnell wants to play Steve Bannon on SNL
Rosie O’Donnell is ready to take on Steve Bannon.
In a series of tweets on Monday night, the comedienne nominated herself to play Donald Trump’s controversial chief strategist on Saturday Night Live after the president was reportedly “rattled” over Melissa McCarthy’s depiction of his press secretary.
Though McCarthy’s acerbic portrayal of Sean Spicer on Saturday’s SNL had the White House press secretary calling it “funny,” Trump was apparently less amused. Politico reported the president was particularly irked that Spicer looked “weak” in the sketch and was portrayed by a woman — which led many on Twitter to suggest an SNL appearance by Trump’s longtime foe, O’Donnell.
The former talk show host seems game.
“#BannoninChief,” O’Donnell wrote on Twitter. Later, she posted, “available – if called I will serve!!!”
The feud between Trump and O’Donnell goes back more than a decade. O’Donnell criticized Trump as “snake-oil salesman on Little House On The Prairie” during a 2006 episode of The View. Trump responded by calling her “a woman out of control.” More recently, Trump insulted O’Donnell during several Republican debates when he was running for president.
On the current season of SNL, Bannon is being portrayed as the Grim Reaper. During last weekend’s episode, a sketch featuring Alec Baldwin’s version of Trump ended with Grim Reaper Bannon pushing the president off to the side to reclaim his seat as leader of the free world. Baldwin’s Trump was left to play with a children’s toy. (The actual Trump, a vocal critic of SNL and Baldwin’s impersonation, did not comment via Twitter on the sketch.)