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Former SNL Star Rips Show’s Cast for Obsession with Trump

Norm McDonald is among the legends of comedians who have skyrocketed from their modest start on Saturday Night Live.

But this week he ripped his former colleagues for turning the show into a comedic version of MSNBC.

Immediately after Donald Trump was elected, the show became obsessed with satire about the Trump White House.

When questioned about SNL’s suggestion in a recent interview that they can’t get over Trump’s election, McDonald put it as only McDonald could:

“I got through my own father’s death. You think I can’t get through a man getting elected president of the United States? It was so absurd.”

McDonald’s message to his pals at SNL is basically this: get over the election and get over yourselves.

Here’s more from Redstate…

The show that reaps rewards on the back of Trump is scorched by former cast member Norm MacDonald.

Like many in the quasi-political entertainment circles, Saturday Night Live enjoyed a surge in popularity this past season by using the Trump administration as a regular source for material. Numerous skits and key guest appearances led to a significant rise in ratings, reaping some audience figures the show has not experienced in years.

However that came primarily as a result of catering to distraught fans from the left, and not from providing trenchant satire. The comedy and content of most programs was, to put it charitably, sleeight. And this is something that was not lost on former host of SNL’s Weekend Update segment, comedian Norm MacDonald.

During an interview with The Daily Beast Norm did not hold back on how the program addressed the new President. “I think they’re playing into Trump’s hands, says the comedian. Because if you satirize someone, or mock them, you’re trivializing any danger that they might be. When probed in general on whether he watched the show this season he instantly brought up the widely mocked show opening immediately following the election. Cast member Kate McKinnon sat at a piano adorned as Hillary and mawkishly sang Hallelujah.

 Oh yeah, yeah. Oh my god, did you see that? And this wasn’t even a tragedy; just a guy got elected… Kate McKinnon said, “I’m going to get through this and so are you. [The actual quote was, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.] I was like, what the f*** are we getting through? That a man was duly elected president? What are you, crazy?

Not just leaving things there MacDonald continued on, in the trademark style of his wit.

 And I was like, well I can get through that. I can get through anything. I got through my own father’s death. You think I can’t get through a man getting elected president of the United States? It was so absurd that, for some reason, she was the one that was supposed to let me know that it’s alright to go on. Go on as if nothing happened. Nothing exploded.

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