NBC Reaches Agreement on Equal Time After Trump’s ‘SNL’ Gig

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NBC has come to an agreement with the campaigns of John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, James Gilmore and Lindsey Graham for equal time following Donald Trump’s “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig on Nov. 7, the network said.

The candidates will be given time on 18 NBC affiliates in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina during primetime on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28, as well as during “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 28. The time will be via network commercial and promo time, and a total of 12 minutes for each campaign.

Variety reported last week that the network was offering 12 minutes during primetime on Nov. 27 and 12 minutes in the “Saturday Night Live” slot on Nov. 28. Trump appeared for 12 minutes and 5 seconds on “SNL.”

Discussions are still ongoing with the campaign of George Pataki, who also requested equal time. Rand Paul’s campaign also inquired about equal time at at least one affiliate, but is is unclear if it was a formal request.