Alec Baldwin Crushed It as Donald Trump & Everything Else That Went Down on the ‘SNL’ Premiere
The 30 Rock actor nailed his impersonation of the 70-year-old during the cold open parody of the first presidential debate and even had his mannerisms down pat, especially the repeated sniffling and hand gestures.
SNL creator Lorne Michaels said it was Tina Fey’s idea to bring the 58-year-old on the show to play the Republican presidential candidate.
"She said, 'You know who would be a great Trump is Alec!' I talked to Alec, who was finishing a movie, he was getting ready to have a baby — it couldn't have been worse timing,” he said.
“But, slowly, the idea grew on me. People on the show liked it, and I thought he'd be great with Kate (McKinnon).”
This sketch coincidentally happened on the same night The New York Times released Donald’s tax returns from 1995. The documents showed he claimed losses of $916 million, which was enough to avoid paying federal taxes for up to 18 years.
The night didn’t just belong to The Apprentice star, however, as another SNL castmember created quite the buzz after he dropped the n-word on live television.
Michael Che and Colin Jost, who co-host the Weekend Update segment, were discussing Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the National Anthem. The pair were explaining why white guys love the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ so much, when Che let it fly.
"I expect white guys to defend the National Anthem like I expected Phylicia Rashad to defend Bill Cosby. I'm sure when people were protesting the Cosby Show, I'm sure Clair Huxtable was like, 'I don't know what he did to y'all, but n— made me rich!' "
And the night of cursing didn’t stop there — first-time host Margot Robbie missed her cue during the final goodbyes and said “Oh s—t!” when she finally realized the cameras were on her.
Oh, what a night!
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.