×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Will Rosie O’Donnell Play Steve Bannon on ‘Saturday Night Live’?

Rosie O’Donnell recently changed her Twitter profile photo to an image of herself depicted as Steve Bannon, sending the internet into a frenzy over whether the comedian would play the White House chief strategist on “Saturday Night Live

The social media buzz comes after Melissa McCarthy played White House press secretary Sean Spicer on “SNL” last weekend in a surprise appearance that garnered rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Since, Christine Baranski has voiced her interest in portraying Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, saying in an interview, “It would seem somewhat logical — we have that strong jawline, don’t we?” Kate McKinnon portrayed DeVos in last week’s Spicer skit.

While there seems to be a potential wave of female performers portraying president Donald Trump’s cabinet members on the horizon, don’t count O’Donnell in just yet. Sources from O’Donnell’s camp tell Variety that the former talk show host won’t be playing Bannon on “SNL.” Reps for the NBC show declined to comment, persisting that the network doesn’t weigh in on “guest rumors.”

Aside from her trending Twitter photo, O’Donnell has also re-tweeted messages in support of her playing Bannon on “SNL,” in addition to tweeting her praise for Alec Baldwin as Trump (“nobody does it better”), plus the prospect of Baranski playing DeVos.

“Available — if called I will serve,” she tweeted on Monday about taking on Bannon on “SNL.”

O’Donnell and Trump have had a longstanding, public feud. Throughout the presidential campaign and during the first few weeks Trump has been in office, O’Donnell has been vocal about her disapproval and dislike for Trump, actively posting anti-Trump messages across her social media.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • 'The Muppets' Short-Form Series Coming to

    'The Muppets' Short-Form Series Coming to Disney Plus

    Kermit, Miss Piggy and co. are coming to Disney Plus. A short-form unscripted series starring the goofy puppets is set to premiere on the forthcoming Disney streaming service in 2020. The news was announced at the Disney Plus D23 Expo event. The announcement came with a brief teaser of Kermit and Joe the Legal Weasel [...]

  • Succession HBO

    'Succession' Composer Nicholas Britell on Making Music for the One Percent

    The Roys, the media empire family at the heart of HBO’s “Succession,” are ridiculously rich. They’re manipulative and cruel. They’re also a bit delusional and absurd. When Nicholas Britell conceived the show’s score, he wanted to capture all of that. “I wrote in this almost late-1700s, dark classical zone,” says Britell, the Oscar-nominated composer of [...]

  • Ewan McGregor of 'American Pastoral'Variety and

    Ewan McGregor Confirms Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus Series to Shoot Next Year

    Ewan McGregor has confirmed that he will be reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Disney Plus series centered around the powerful Jedi, after Variety previously reported that he was in talks for the series. At Disney biennial D23 convention in Anaheim, Calif. on Friday, McGregor provided more details about the prospective show and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content