Alec Baldwin says Donald Trump turned down SNL appearance this year
Alec Baldwin dropped some yuge news during his Wednesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Apparently, President Donald Trump turned down a request to appear on Saturday Night Live when Baldwin hosted earlier this year.
"I can't imagine what it would be like if I met him [now], if I ran into him," Baldwin, who impersonates Trump on SNL, told host Ellen DeGeneres. "When we did the show — when I hosted SNL this season — we asked him to come. We invited him to come, we were so hopeful he would come, but he didn't show up."
Baldwin has played Trump all throughout the show's 42nd season and appeared as host of the venerable late-night sketch comedy series for a record 17th time back on Feb. 11. During that episode, Baldwin played Trump as part of a People's Court spoof; the actor has appeared as Trump 16 times on SNL since the season debuted in October 2016.
Trump, of course, has blasted SNL numerous times for Baldwin's impersonation. "Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks," Trump wrote in October of last year. His attacks continued after being elected president as well.
"Just tried watching Saturday Night Live — unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad," Trump wrote in December.
NBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Baldwin's claim.
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