×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Saturday Night Live’: Team Trump Assembles for ‘Hallelujah’ in Cold Open (Watch)

Saturday Night Live’s” final episode of the season featured Alec Baldwin, Scarlett Johansson and “SNL” troupers assembling for another rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” but this time in the guise of Team Trump.

Baldwin was at the piano as President Trump. The song and the setting was a call back to the first “SNL” episode after the Nov. 8 election, when Kate McKinnon performed the song in the cold open to pay tribute to Cohen, who died Nov. 7 at the age of 82, and to acknowledge the nation’s shock at Donald Trump’s upset victory in the election over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

This time around, McKinnon appeared as Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway. Mikey Day and Alex Moffatt were on hand as Trump sons Donald Jr. and Eric. Cecily Strong once again was first lady Melania Trump. Johannson appeared halfway through the song in a gold lame gown meant to evoke first daughter Ivanka Trump.

The group also featured Beck Bennett as Mike Pence, Aidy Bryant as deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and a cast member dressed as the Grim Reaper, which has been “SNL’s” way of spoofing controversial presidential advisor Steve Bannon.

After the song, Baldwin-as-Trump insisted: “I’m not giving up because I didn’t do anything wrong.” That was a reference to the rocky week for President Trump amid a series of explosive revelations, and to the comment McKinnon made after the song during the Nov. 12 episode. “I’m not giving up, and neither should you,” McKinnon said at the time, a nod to the pain that many women felt after Clinton’s loss and the dismay over Trump’s political agenda.

“Saturday Night Live” is wrapping its 42nd season with host Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Katy Perry as musical guest. It also marked the final appearances for both Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer. The two were featured in a number of sketches including “Weekend Update.”

During Johnson’s monologue, the actor noted the recent headlines about his speculative run for president. Baldwin rushed onto the stage, as himself, to urge Johnson to run. (He also welcomed Johnson into the club of people who have hosted “SNL” five times.) Johnson confirmed his intent to run, with a wink. He toyed with Baldwin about possibly being his running made before Tom Hanks (who is also in the five-timers club) bounded out on stage.

“A lot of people have told me that I should run for president,” said Johnson. “Starting tonight I’m running for president for the U.S.”

The two then launched into their campaign push: “Together we would get 100 percent of the vote. I would get the senior vote because I fought in World War II in like ten different movies,” said Hanks. Added Johnson, “And I would get the minority vote because everyone just assumes I’m what they are.”

The duo then turned semi-serious, ending their “campaign” saying “When it comes to politics, we need more poise and less noise,” as a big banner #JohnsonHanks2020 unfurled behind them.

By the end of the monologue, the hashtag #JohnsonHanks2020 was trending on Twitter.

More TV

  • ‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired

    ‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired by Showtime for U.S.

    Polygram Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s film and television division, along with Capitol Music Group, Motown Records and Fulwell 73 announced today that “Hitville: The Making of Motown” has been acquired by Showtime for release in North America with plans for a fall premiere, and Altitude for theatrical release in the UK and Ireland. The feature-length [...]

  • Game of Thrones Cast

    What's Next for 'Game of Thrones'' Cast Members

    Eight years and eight seasons later, the “Game of Thrones” cast finally has some downtime to relax or move onto other projects. Some stars, like Kit Harington, who told Variety that he doesn’t plan on taking another role as physically demanding as Jon Snow, certainly deserve a break, but others have wasted no time getting back on [...]

  • 'Fleabag' Season 2 Review: How Its

    'Fleabag': Season 2’s Top 10 Breaks From Reality, Ranked (Column)

    The searing first season of “Fleabag” felt like a complete story in and of itself. As adapted from Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show, the series expanded on the world of a woman wild with lust and grief with such expert ease that by the time it ended, even Waller-Bridge herself was sure that it was the [...]

  • Richard Madden Says 'Game of Thrones'

    Richard Madden Says the 'Game of Thrones' Cast Deserves a Medal

    Richard Madden is thankful for his time on “Game of Thrones,” but is also happy to have been able to move on when he did. The “Bodyguard” star sat down with “Sharper Objects'” Amy Adams for Variety’s Actors on Actors, where he expressed some incredulity at the idea of spending so long with just one [...]

  • MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r)

    Submissions Now Welcome for Third 'Meet the Press' Film Festival

    Chuck Todd’s quest to bring “Meet the Press” to the movies continues. The third annual Meet the Press Film Festival, held in collaboration with the American Film Institute, will take place on October 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C., and remains a haven for issue-focused documentary shorts. Todd believes the event serves a critical mission: [...]

  • Winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song

    Netherlands' Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

    Madonna’s controversial performance may have grabbed the headlines, but Duncan Laurence won the nearly four-hour-long 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands with the song “Arcade,” which he cowrote with Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy. Laurence won a total of 492 points from the expert juries and televoters in a contest that was touch and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content