Donald Trump Says He Turned Down Risque ‘SNL’ Sketch Ideas

SNL Donald Trump Controversy
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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.


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  1. Ketty says:

    This should be good TV.

  2. Celeste Pettijohn says:

    What could possibly be too roque for a 3x married womanizer and media hound? The man produces aTV Show that evaluates women on their bodies and is a racist!How much more inappropriate could anything be?

    • Mike M says:

      Memories and knowledge of history are so short. Arguably the greatest ever American president in many opinion polls is JFK. No womanizing or media attention was ever associated with nor proven against him… /sarcasm. Did it matter, not a bit. Trump is what you see and hear – and that alone makes him a whole lot more trustworthy for many than the average candidate with a public persona and whatever else is said and done behind an office door.

    • Janet Eby says:

      Hey, get over your lifestyle judgements. I am 70+ and believe he did the best he could given 2 women who did benefit from him. High rolling attracts people who want to better themselves. Also watch your spelling of risque. I went through my divorce when he did, and my next door neighbor hid Marla at the shore. He is what/who he says. He has the integrity and intelligence we need now.

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