Rosie O'Donnell
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Saturday Night Live - Season 42

Saturday Night Live is apparently sticking with portraying Steve Bannon as the Grim Reaper because Rosie O'Donnell will not be playing President Donald Trump's controversial chief strategist this week, her rep confirmed to EW.

Interest in seeing O'Donnell, who has long feuded with Trump, play Bannon began over the weekend after she nominated herself to do so on Twitter. She then continued to fan the flame by changing her Twitter avatar to a picture of her face photoshopped onto Bannon's body.

O'Donnell offered her services to the NBC late night show after Politico reported that Trump — who sometimes moonlights as an SNL critic — was "rattled" by Melissa McCarthy's surprise portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on last week's episode. According to the political publication, Trump found the fact that Spicer was played by a woman "problematic."

In the wake of O'Donnell's campaign, other celebrities have also thrown their hats into the ring to play members of Trump's staff. The Good Fight star Christine Baranski volunteered to play Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos while speaking to Vanity Fair, and Alec Baldwin's brother Billy recently joked about playing Trump's son Eric.

This weekend, Alec Baldwin will host SNL for the record-making 17th time, with musical guest Ed SheeranSNL airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.

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Saturday Night Live - Season 42
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