SNL Shares The Reason Rosie O’Donnell Didn’t Play Steve Bannon
May 19th, 2017 – SNL is closing out its 42nd season this weekend ending the year high on ratings, enthusiasm and lots and lots of team Trump impressions. Alec Baldwin was clearly the most utilized player as he regularly formed yuge pouty lips as Donald Trump, and Melissa McCarthy’s transformation into Sean Spicer made lots of people only see her impression every time the press secretary took the podium for daily press briefings.
While current cast members have stepped up for political playtime (Kate McKinnon portrayed Kellyanne Conway, Ivanka Trump and even Jeff Sessions, Beck Bennett took off his shirt to be Vladimir Putin then re-dressed for Mike Pence, and Cecily Strong morphed into First Lady Melania), the show has relied on outsourcing for the bigger characters.
That reliance made many people petition for Rosie O’Donnell to play current White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. O’Donnell, a longtime critic and Twitter enemy of Trump, posted that she was ready to serve and even changed her profile picture to a mashup of their faces.
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— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) February 10, 2017
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, SNL cast members, writers and other guest-stars shared insights into their politically charged season. That’s when cast member Leslie Jones gave the answer to why O’Donnell has never been called to serve.
“I asked Lorne, ‘How come y’all aren’t bringing Rosie O’Donnell in [to play Bannon, per her plea on Twitter] or any of them to do it?’ And he was like, ‘When you’re playing a character, you can’t play it from hate. You have to play it from funny, because when you play it from hate, it looks like you’re just being mean.’ I love Rosie to death, but he might have been right on that one.”
Producer Lindsay Shookus also shared that O’Donnell wasn’t the only celebrity angling for a chance to satirize team Trump.
“We’ve gotten a lot of pitches from people, big people, like, ‘I can play this person on the Cabinet, or I can play this person,’ she said. “It’s in the vein of Melissa and Alec and Larry David, and it’s never happened before. We got a lot of Kellyanne and [Steve] Bannon pitches. But the casting has to make sense. You don’t want to make a splash to make a splash. That’s not what we do.”
Trump, his staff and many of his supporters have been vocal about feeling hurt by “mean-spirited” impressions and sketches that SNL has already done this season. So with O’Donnell’s staunch opposition and well-documented battles with the president, it’s likely that cast member Mikey Day will continue to play Steve Bannon via the Grim Reaper costume.
45 thoughts on “SNL Shares The Reason Rosie O’Donnell Didn’t Play Steve Bannon”
Thought that fat piece of shit moved if Donald won, damn was hoping she moved to Aleppo.
Well Rosie o Donnell is terrible so…..
I guess the obvious question here is – if this is how Lorne feels, why is Alec Baldwin doing Donald Trump? He’s been clear of his feelings towards him.
Baldwin as Trump is golf!
S.N.L. Snowflakes. Need. Laughter.
Says the fox news watchers
Would really like to know who is actually watching
they couldn’t find a fork truck big enough to move her
SNL hasn’t been funny since late 90’s. And hasn’t really been relevant since then either. Their liberal political skits pretty much ruined the whole show.
Thought her and that dreadlock looking dudette were hopin the boarder to Canada?????
Fuck snl and that fat ass
No body cares about SNL any more. Kids these days they have snap chat and twitter
Yeah, cast in concrete and dropped in the ocean.
Rosie sucks ass
Even they don’t think she’s funny ??
Well if he acted out of hate and let his show take that route, he’d be no better than Trump.
This is correct. Good parody plays off mannerisms and faults of the subject. You don’t have to like the subject, but hate isn’t funny. It’s not political preference. Nixon, Clinton, Bush Jr, Trump – ripe for parody because of mannerisms. Bush Sr, Obama, Kennedy – doesn’t matter if you don’t like the politics, what mannerisms are you going to parody?
They could be twins
I wish they would reconsider. Why are they worried about what Trump will think, wtf, he doesn’t care what the people of the us think or care about.
I don’t think it’s about what Trump would think. If it were, Alec would be out of a job by now.
I read the article and snl didn’t want to use her? Did i not read it correctly?
Because he is not funny and should never be on television again.
Because she’s actually a worse person than he is? Lmao
I heard because she has a bigger dick than him and looks too manly.
And she also refused to shave her Knuckles and back
It’s amazing how many people didn’t bother reading before commenting
Not offensive Rosie knows she looks like a guy who cares? Steve Bannon is a low life scumbag people know the difference.
So is she..
Jason Kyle true but I would rather talk to her than Steven Bannon.
Sounds like Cris got a Rosie Crush
all of the people on Trump’s administration including the Republican GOP, Paul Ryan have manginas. Rosie is a mangina too, but she isn’t oppressing as many people.
David Wesley lol nah, she is not my not my type. I like full man a la Bradley Cooper. Besides Rosie is probably joining Caitlyn Jenner for a romp with Huckabee’s daughter and Betsy De Vos.
Probably because she has no talent
O come on, everyone loves a league of their own! Don’t lie!!
I guess that ones ok
The baby’s hands are too big
Kenny Doss eat a dick cuntservative
Kenny is butthurt.
I’m hoping its because it insults Rosie because she looks like Steve Bannon.
Wow she’s ugly no matter what gender she is.
Was she too rugged for the part?