Yesterday we reported that the TV ratings for NBC's late night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live hit a six-year high, with Alec Baldwin returning to host for a record 17th time. The actor has been a regular fixture on the show this season, recurring as U.S. President Donald Trump, with the show also featuring another guest appearance from Melissa McCarthy as Trump's White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. One of the most memorable sketches, though, was a parody with SNL regular cast members Beck Bennett and Kate McKinnon playing CNN's Jake Tapper and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway in a spoof of Fatal Attraction. After the sketch aired, Kellyanne Conway responded through social media.
The sketch in question began with Jake Tapper (Beck Bennett) ending his CNN news show State of the Union, with Bobby Moynihan playing an unidentified crew member, who praised the news anchor for not letting Kellyanne Conway on his program tonight, because she has too many credibility issues. When the news anchor arrives at his home, Kellyanne (Kate McKinnon) is waiting for him in this four-minute sketch that is essentially a parody of the 1987 classic thriller Fatal Attraction. Yesterday, Kellyanne Conway took to Twitter to respond to the sketch, with this brief statement.
"Inquiring minds re: #SNL: @jaketapper & I spoke this morning just before brunch time. No boiling bunnies on the menu."
The sketch featured a deranged Kellyanne Conway stooping to whatever lengths she needs so she can get back on the news, and it marks the second time in as many weeks that someone connected to President Donald Trump has responded to a sketch about them. Two weeks ago, Melissa McCarthy made a surprise appearance on SNL to play White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in a very popular sketch. This caused Sean Spicer to respond in an interview, where he said he thought the sketch was funny, but that Melissa McCarthy went a bit "overboard" with his gum-chewing habits. Melissa McCarthy returned once again for another White House press briefing sketch this week, and even made fun of the gum chewing suggestions.
Sketches about Donald Trump and his administration have dominated this season of Saturday Night Live, with Alec Baldwin making frequent appearances to portray the new President. This week's sketch with Beck Bennett and Kate McKinnon as Jake Tapper and Kellyanne Conway comes in the aftermath of the real Kellyanne Conway's controversy regarding the "Bowling Green massacre," which she said was part of the justification of the divisive Muslim travel ban. Since no actual terrorist massacre ever occurred in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Kellyanne Conway later stated that she was referring to the 2011 arrest of two Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky, who were arrested for trying to provide support to al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq.
SNL will go on a bit of a hiatus with NBC airing the Dave Chappelle episode with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest on February 19, in lieu of a new episode. Dave Chappelle and A Tribe Called Quest served as host and musical guest on the November 12 episode of Saturday Night Live, the first episode after the November 8 election of Donald Trump. The next new episode of Saturday Night Live will be on March 4, with host Octavia Spencer. Take a look at the tweet from Kellyanne Conway responding to the sketch, and, in case you missed it, you can watch the whole sketch below as well.