Alec Baldwin is inserting himself in the Rob Schneider and Saturday Night Live beef after Schneider called out Kate McKinnon‘s 2016 cold open performance of “Hallelujah” as Hillary Clinton. Baldwin filmed and posted a lengthy video on Instagram in which he pondered art, politics and Donald Trump, while also questioning why we’re talking about Schneider’s take on a years-old SNL sketch — a puzzling choice since he rambled about said sketch and posted all of it on a public platform, continuing the conversation. But that’s just our take!
The 30 Rock star, who has hosted SNL more than 15 times and frequently impersonated Trump on the show, mused in his video, “I guess it must be an incredibly slow news cycle if we’re talking about Rob Schneider’s thoughts about Kate McKinnon playing Hillary Clinton so many years ago.”
While Baldwin praised Schneider’s “great run” as an SNL cast member from 1990 to 1994 and acknowledged the comic’s “very funny” work, he went on to blast the conservative views he and other Americans share.
“I hear that these conservatives say that there’s a bias against them, and I think that’s unfortunate,” Baldwin said, before launching into a commentary on Trump, who he described as “the only president in our country’s history who has served as president and was unchanged by the process,” adding, “It must be tough for the Rob Schneiders of the world. It must be tough that your man is a maniac.”
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Baldwin didn’t stop there, though. The actor also offered up his analysis of SNL, explaining, “a third of the episodes of SNL have been good, and a third of them so-so, and a third not so good,” but ultimately conceding that the show is here to stay, no matter what Schneider says.
“In a couple more years, they’re going to be doing their 50th season, so they must be doing something right,” Baldwin said, adding, “I love the institution that is SNL. I’ve had a lot of fun with them.”
His video comes after Schneider’s comments proclaiming SNL was officially “over” in 2016 with McKinnon’s performance. During a conversation with The Blaze’s Glenn Beck, per Mediaite, Schneider said, “I hate to crap on my old show,” before critiquing the “Hallelujah” cover.
“I literally prayed, ‘please have a joke at the end,’” Schneider said of the segment. “Don’t do this. Please don’t go down there. And there was no joke at the end, and I went, ‘It’s over. It’s over. It’s not gonna come back.’”
SNL is actually coming back, but the show hasn’t yet set a Season 48 premiere date. We can expect new episodes sometime this fall, so stay tuned for an official season premiere announcement.
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