Updated Feb. 17, 2017, 1 p.m. PT: Terrible news for anyone who likes SNL, Rosie O'Donnell or fun: The official word is that O'Donnell will not be making any appearances on Saturday Night Live to play White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
People on Twitter were really calling for it — even celebs like Billy Eichner got in on urging SNL's powers that be to cast O'Donnell in that role. But when TMZ ran into O'Donnell, she told them that SNL didn't take the bait.
"That’s it," she said. "That was the whole impression, the Photoshop. That was it, start to finish... I’m not in the cast. There’s that."
Rosie O'Donnell and Saturday Night Live have one really big thing in common: President Donald Trump really, really hates them both.
I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show - nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016
While SNL has been the subject of more than a few of Trump's late-night Twitter rants, POTUS has insulted O'Donnell during speeches and appearances, usually focusing on her looks and weight. During the first presidential debate, when host Megyn Kelly pointed out that Trump had referred to women he didn't like as "fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals," Trump quipped, "Only Rosie O'Donnell," and then continued on to become the president (sigh).
O'Donnell, however, has stood her ground. And now, she's found a new way to get under Trump's skin: by playing White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on SNL. Seriously, how soon can it happen?
To prove that she'd be perfect for the role, O'Donnell's new Twitter avatar is a photo of her face pasted over Bannon's. Honestly, it's perfect.
This follows Melissa McCarthy's debut as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on SNL, and while Trump didn't publicly comment on that episode, people close to him said he was annoyed that one of his advisors was played by a woman, saying it made his staff look "weak." Soon after, O'Donnell tweeted that she'd happily take on the role of Bannon.
available - if called i will serve !!! https://t.co/LT84EJjfsw— ROSIE (@Rosie) February 7, 2017
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