Donald Trump is going to host Saturday Night Live on November 7th. This might seem like old news unless you consider the fact that there are more than a few people who don’t want Donald Trump to host Saturday Night Live on November 7th. But make no mistake, Donald Trump is going to host Saturday Night Live on November 7th.
The thing is, NBC knew full well what it was getting itself into when it gave Trump the honor last month and, to be completely honest, the network couldn’t give less of a fuck whether you’re unhappy with its decision. Think Donald Trump is a shaved orangutan whose face is crying out for the addition of your fist? I do. That’s precisely why NBC is putting him on television.
The network knows that a Trump shit-show will translate into big ratings for SNL, which means the NBC suits are counting on your animosity toward Trump to drive those ratings through the roof. The network knows this,Trump knows this, and you may as well get it through your head too.
Over the past couple of weeks, MoveOn.org, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and other concerned citizens all banded together to try to strong-arm NBC into rethinking the Trump episode of SNL. However, the public outrage only makes the prospect of a Trump-hosted SNL that much more enticing.
Don’t get me wrong, Donald Trump shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near Saturday Night Live. He shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near any NBC show. Remember that back in August, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt didn’t mince words about whether Trump would be returning for The Celebrity Apprentice next season, largely because back in June NBC officially cut all ties (supposedly) with Trump over his comments about Mexicans at the start of his ridiculous presidential campaign.
Since that whole tie-cutting thing, though,Trump has appeared on The Tonight Show, where Jimmy Fallon predictably went for the hackiest joke possible, doing his Trump impression opposite the real Trump. When numbers and money is on the line, those ties can pretty easily be tied back together.
Thus we have Trump getting the chance to humanize himself and even get a bump in the polls by taking the reins of one of NBC’s most storied properties. The only thing that could stop this runaway train of stupid is an all-out boycott by SNL‘s talent, and, let’s face it, the kids on SNL would be idiots to risk their dream gig in the name of standing up for their ideals.
So, yeah, barring some miracle, Trump’s gonna be on SNL. The only thing you can do to teach NBC a lesson at this point is not watch.