Donald Trump Says 'Saturday Night Live' Isn’t 'Good,' Yet Keeps Watching

Donald Trump says 'Saturday Night Live' isn't "good" anymore. He knows because he still watches it.

Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin composite

Donald Trump at September 2016 event and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on 'Saturday Night Live.'

Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin composite

In a Twitter rant phone interview with the Today show, president-elect Donald Trump slammed Saturday Night Live (again), saying the show isn’t “good” anymore, calling it “terrible” and “not funny." Trump’s critiques of the long-running show have mostly been on Twitter, where just this weekend the president-elect responded to SNL’s skit about his tweeting.  

The interview happened Wednesday with Matt Lauer after Trump was named TIME’s person of the year, reported the Associated Press. Lauer asked Trump if he could agree it’d be best for Trump to stop watching SNL altogether so he would no longer complain.

"I hosted SNL when it was a good show but it's not a good show anymore," Trump said referring either to when he guest hosted in November 2015, or his previous spot as guest host in 2004. “First of all, nothing to do with me, there's nothing funny about it. The skits are terrible. I like Alec, but his imitation of me is really mean-spirited and not very good... It's very biased and I don't like it." Trump also suggested he thinks the show could be in danger of being canceled because of how terrible it is. "You look at the way the show is going now and the kind of work they're doing, who knows how long the show is going to be on? It's a terrible show," Trump said.

In response to Trump’s tweets criticizing this past weekend’s episode and Baldwin’s impersonation, which Trump said “can’t get any worse,” Baldwin responded on Twitter.


Release your tax returns and I'll stop.

Trump previously called SNL “biased” and said there was “nothing funny” about it when SNL made fun of Trump for being wildly unprepared to be president. It’s going to be a long four years of SNL jokes for Trump, and simply a long presidency for everyone else.  

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