'Saturday Night Live' Takes On Bill O'Reilly, Trump And That Pepsi Commercial

The cast of Saturday Night Live returned after a three-week break to take on Fox News host Bill O'Reilly amid recent sexual harassment allegations he is facing, all while continuing their coverage of the Trump administration.

In the video above, Alec Baldwin portrays O'Reilly in a segment of his show, The O'Reilly Factor. It opens with O'Reilly addressing "a scandal" of allegations against the Obama administration

As O'Reilly's show goes on it's apparent he's having some issues with reporters, who all happen to be women. The first problem occurs when a reporter doesn't appear.

"What's that? Laura no longer works at the company? Well, did she get the check? OK, fine," O'Reilly says.

After a reference to the $13 million O'Reilly used to settle with five women who filed sexual harassment allegations against him, he moves to a segment from Malia Zimmerman (Cecily Strong), an investigative correspondent, who's reporting from outside the building, away from O'Reilly.

While O'Reilly questions Zimmerman about her interview with former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, it's not exactly about the facts. When Zimmerman tells O'Reilly that Rice said she didn't leak the names, O'Reilly continues looking for a different answer.

"OK, but when she said no, what was her vibe?" he says. "Like, when she said 'no,' did her eyes say 'yes?' Sometimes they'll do that."

O'Reilly pushes forward looking for some type of confession from Rice, all while Zimmerman is clearly uncomfortable with the host. O'Reilly's language mirrors a common dilemma with sexual consent that's often seen on college campuses.

The conversation becomes more direct as O'Reilly addresses the allegations against him.

"Apparently several women have come forward and accused me of offering them exciting opportunities here at Fox News," he says. "Beyond that, the details are a bit fuzzy, but one man was brave enough ... one man ... to come to my defense, a man who was unimpeachable on all female issues. Now, he's here tonight."

Donald Trump, also played by Alec Baldwin, enters the show and comes to O'Reilly's defense, much as he did in real-life last week. When the allegations came out, President Trump told reporters from the New York Times, that he didn't think O'Reilly did anything wrong.

"I think he's a person I know well — he is a good person," Trump said of O'Reilly in the Times interview. "I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don't think Bill did anything wrong."

Trump, who also had women make allegations of sexual assault against him during the campaign, made these comments at the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which caused some to think the comments supporting O'Reilly were lacking substance.

Even the short breaks in O'Reilly's segment reflect his show's reality. The ads were lacking major name players, a reference to the number of companies that have pulled ads from the program.

The cast also took on Pepsi, another entity that spurred conversation this week with their ad, that they have since pulled, starring Kendall Jenner. They offered an idea to what the production of the ad might have looked like.

As the final taping is about to begin, the writer-director (Beck Bennett), a white man, gets a call from his sister in which he shares his vision.

"It was like completely my idea and now they're doing it," he says excitedly. "OK, so well, it's an homage to the resistance, so there's this huge protest in the street reminiscent of Black Lives Matter. So everybody's marching, right? And they get to these police officers and you think it's going to go bad because there's kind of like a standoff and then Kendall Jenner walks in and she walks up to one of the police officers and she hands him a Pepsi. And then that Pepsi brings everyone together. Isn't that like the best ad ever?"

The description is pretty accurate with the actual ad, but the sister does not think the ad is the best thing ever. She, along with two others, tell him it's a "sort of tone-deaf," but there's not time to change it. The SNL ad ends with a different message "Live And Learn."

Later the show returned to Trump during the Weekend Update segment with Colin Jost and Michael Che.

"The only thing scarier than Donald Trump acting un-presidential, is Donald Trump acting presidential," Jost said.

Jost went on to say that Trump's response to fire 59 tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield after a chemical weapon attack on civilians was similar to the President's tweets. Che then explained how Syria is part of a complicated relationship between the U.S. and Russia, but also an ally to the U.S. movement to defeat ISIS. Che likened the relationship between three countries to The Three Stooges, another trio.

Alec Baldwin playing President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live on Saturday. Credit NBC



On ‘S.N.L.,’ Alec Baldwin Is Trump, Bill O’Reilly and Trump (Again)

In its first new episode in nearly a month, “Saturday Night Live” featured Alec Baldwin in a double dose of topical comedy, first in the show’s cold open, portraying President Trump as he typically does, then later reprising the role in a sketch where he also played the embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

“S.N.L.,” which was hosted this week by the comedian Louis C.K., began with Mr. Baldwin as Trump, addressing a roomful of perplexed supporters in Union, Ky. “We all love Trump don’t we?” he told the crowd. “We do, we do. I just had an amazing week, folks. I met with leaders from China, Egypt and Jordan. Gorsuch was confirmed and the media is saying nice things and no one is talking about Russia. Well, what a difference just 59 Tomahawk missiles can make.”

Fielding a question from a supporter who said he had lost his coal-mining job, Mr. Baldwin answered, “As president, I promise, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure you people work in coal for the rest of your lives. And your kids will work in coal, and your grandkids. It’s going to be incredible.”

He added, “In Trump’s America, men work in two places: coal mines and Goldman Sachs.”

Another audience member noted his failures on health care reform, but said he didn’t blame the president for being unable to get the job done.

“You mean Paul Ryan couldn’t,” Mr. Baldwin retorted, referring to the House speaker. “I did everything I could. I made phone calls, I jumped into a truck and I posed for pictures. I went, ‘Honk! Honk!’ But I won’t give up.”

A third supporter said he had a wife who was addicted to painkillers. “It’s Susan Rice,” Mr. Baldwin interjected, talking about President Obama’s national security adviser. “Put her in jail, right?”

Actually, the man answered, his wife was already in a drug rehabilitation program. Mr. Baldwin said he could relate: “My wife doesn’t want to move either, ” he said.

When the supporter explained that the president still had his backing, Mr. Baldwin said, “That’s why I came here. You people stand behind me, no matter what. It’s like you found a finger in your chili, but you still eat the chili, because you told everyone how much you love chili. It’s tremendous.”

Alec Baldwin Plays Bill O’Reilly

Later in the night, Mr. Baldwin returned as Mr. O’Reilly, whose Fox News program has lost several prominent advertisers after an investigation by The New York Times revealed multiple settlements over allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by Mr. O’Reilly.

At the start of his broadcast, Mr. Baldwin said he would at last address “the scandal everyone’s been talking about all week, a scandal no one thought I’d have the guts to address head-on, about the shocking allegations of abuse of power — that have been leveled against the Obama administration.”

After attempting to interview a reporter, and being informed that she no longer works for the company, Mr. Baldwin said, “Did she get the check?”

Speaking to the reporter Malia Zimmerman (played by the “S.N.L.” cast member Cecily Strong), Mr. Baldwin tried to elicit details on an interview she said she had conducted with Susan Rice.

“So you asked her, point blank,” Mr. Baldwin began, “and she said — ?”

Ms. Strong answered, “No.”

“O.K.,” he said, “but when she said no, what was her vibe?”

“Her vibe?” she asked.

“Yeah, like when she said no, did her eyes say yes?” he explained. “Sometimes they’ll do that.”

Mr. Baldwin then thanked the advertisers who had remained with his program, including products called Dog Cocaine and Eliquis, which he described as “Cialis for horses.”

In split-screen, Mr. Baldwin, now as Mr. Trump, said that he continued to stand by Mr. O’Reilly.

“I actually see a lot of myself in you, Bill,” the Trump character said.

The O’Reilly character answer, “That’s based upon?”

Trump answered, “A hunch, just a loose hunch.”

“I’m more familiar with this case than I am with, say, health care,” he added. “But I didn’t really look into it much, no.”

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