Donald Trump’s ‘SNL’ Hosting Gig Triggers Equal Time Request From George Pataki

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Republican presidential candidate George Pataki is planning to file an equal time request with 16 NBC affiliates after Donald Trump’s hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” last week.

Pataki’s communications director, David M. Catalfamo, said that they planned to file the request with stations on Friday evening, within a seven-day window after affiliates posted notices with the FCC of Trump’s appearance.

In a letter to stations, Catalfamo wrote that the campaign was seeking “equal opportunity for comparable time to that given to Donald Trump in his appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ — 12 minutes and five seconds.”

The campaign is requesting time from stations in New York, South Carolina and Iowa, as well as Boston and Portland, Me.

NBC does not necessarily have to give Pataki time on “Saturday Night Live,” and in the past there has been some negotiation between a campaign and stations.

After Hillary Clinton appeared on the show’s season premiere last month, another candidate for the Democratic nomination, Larry Lessig, requested equal time. NBC responded by asking Lessig for proof that he was a bona fide candidate, but Lessig dropped out of the race before the request went any further.

News of the Pataki campaign request was first reported by CNNMoney.

Pataki was bumped from Tuesday’s “undercard” presidential debate on Fox Business Network, along with Lindsey Graham.