Donald Trump To Host 'SNL' Less Than 6 Months After Fallout With NBC
Presidential candidate and billionaire business mogul Donald Trump is scheduled to host "Saturday Night Live" on November 7, according to NBC News.
The announcement comes as a perplexing surprise to those familiar with Trump's recent history with the network, albeit an obvious, yet hypocritical, decision as the episode airs in the middle of sweeps week.
On June 30, NBCUniversal announced it would sever all business ties with Donald Trump following his derogatory comments made toward Mexican immigrants earlier that month.
Trump was quoted as saying,
When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
The network released a statement regarding its decision to cut ties with Donald Trump, saying,
At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.
In response, Trump called the network "weak and foolish."
Despite the fallout, Trump will take the stage again at "SNL" for the second time in just over a decade.
In April 2004, The Donald was invited to host the late-night show in the wake of the first season of "The Apprentice." You can watch his opening monologue from the episode here, during which he says,
Nobody's bigger than me. Nobody's better than me. I'm a ratings machine ... I'm about to become the highest-paid television personality in America. And, as everyone in this room knows, highest-paid means best.
We'll have to wait to see whether The Donald tiptoes around his bad blood with the network, or attacks it head-on.
Rest assured, there will be no shortage of additional material straight from the GOP frontrunner's mouth leading up to the November 7 airdate.