Donald Trump backed away from certain ideas for “Saturday Night Live” sketches that might have hurt his standing with voters, he told Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly in an interview slated to appear later on Friday on the cable-news network.
“I had to. There were a couple that were too risqué,” he told O’Reilly in an interview for “The O’Reilly Factor.” “Because you know, the poll just came down, I’m leading in Iowa, I want to stay leading in Iowa.”
It’s not uncommon to have some back-and-forth between host and writing staff in the days leading up to a new “Saturday Night Live” broadcast. As has been documented in many places, including “Live From New York,” an oral history of the venerable NBC program by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, writers hurl dozens of ideas at hosts and producers early in the week. Hosts sometimes balk at some of the material.
“They have 100 writers,” Trump told O’Reilly. “I walk into the room, there are 100 – and they’re all about 17 years old, OK? They’re all young and all up in your face. But they come up with many, many skits and you pick the ones you think you like.”
Trump said the show should make for “a great evening. But will people laugh? ““I think some of it is going to be really great,” he said.