This Feb. 4, 2017 photo released by NBC shows Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump in the opening sketch of 'Saturday Night Live,' in New York. With the return of John Oliver to HBO and Alec Baldwin’s guest hosting slot on “Saturday Night Live,” this is shaping up like a big weekend for late-night’s treatment of the new president.(Will Heath/NBC via AP)
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When news broke that Alec Baldwin was hosting this week's episode of "Saturday Night Live," most fans expected a thorough roasting of President Donald Trump.
"I would just like to announce that I am calm now," McCarthy's Spicer shouted in Saturday's cold open before poking fun at his gum-chewing, frequent mispronunciations and repeated references to a nonexistent Atlanta terror attack. (On Wednesday, the real Spicer told ABC News that he had misspoken when he said Atlanta and "clearly meant Orlando.")
But the deepest digs came when McCarthy-as-Spicer gave Ivanka Trump's fashion brand the QVC treatment in a reference to Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway's promotion of the line in a Fox News interview. In the sketch, McCarthy shows off a bracelet and shoes from the first daughter's collection, literally kicking up her heel.
That gag and an appearance by cast member Kate McKinnon as new Attorney General Jeff Sessions seemed to be in response to a Politico report that Trump was upset that Spicer had been played by a woman. (And that wasn't McKinnon's only role of the night: She also played Conway opposite Beck Bennett's Jake Tapper in a "Fatal Attraction" spoof and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on "Weekend Update.")
Another bit continued the gender-bending satire. In "Leslie Wants to Play Trump," Leslie Jones dressed as Trump in an audition to take over the role from Baldwin. Vanessa Bayer also made a brief appearance in presidential drag.
Baldwin also reprised his much-lauded role as Trump in a "People's Court" parody. In that sketch, Baldwin's Trump faced off against the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges over the president's controversial travel ban.
"I signed a tremendous travel ban. I didn’t read it, but I signed it. People took pictures of me holding up a piece of paper. Very official," Baldwin, playing Trump, said before calling Russian President Vladimir Putin (Bennett) as a character witness.