During its first-ever live broadcast in all time zones across the continental United States and Canada, “Saturday Night Live” declared it was “elimination night” during a cold open teasing President Donald Trump over alleged feuding between top aides Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.
Playing Kushner was SNL alumnus and Saturday’s host Jimmy Fallon, who left the show in its 29th season.
Alec Baldwin returned to reprise his role as Trump, this time contemplating his first 100 days in office.
“These 100 days have been such a success, and I’m so sad my presidency is coming to an end,” Trump tells Vice President Mike Pence, played by cast member Beck Bennett.
When Pence reminds Trump he has much longer than 100 days in office, Trump replies, “I don’t know, have you seen my tweets about North Korea?”
Baldwin’s Trump reflects on several major decisions that took place in the Oval Office like dropping missiles in Syria, the “Mother of all Bombs” in Afghanistan, and discussing classified information with the Japanese prime minister — until Pence reminds him that those things all happened at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida resort.
Pence urges Trump to address the issue of his top advisers being at each other’s throats, prompting Trump to call Bannon and Kushner into the Oval Office.
Bannon is played by cast member Mikey Day dressed as a black-cloaked skeleton, and Fallon, dressed as Kushner wearing a blazer beneath a Kevlar vest, enters to the EMF song “Unbelievable.” The outfit is a nod to a viral photo of Kushner wearing a similar outfit during a trip to a military base in Iraq.
“There’s been a lot of drama in the house,” Trump tells the two men. “But one of you has to go. It’s elimination night.”
In an homage to the reality competition show, “America’s Next Top Model,” Trump tells the men he has a picture of one of them in his hand. The person pictured gets to stay.
“If you don’t see your photo you must immediately leave your office, and join Kellyanne Conway in the basement,” Baldwin’s Trump says. “But don’t worry, your journey doesn’t end tonight — because you’ll get to come back and decide if I go to prison.”
Trump reveals he’s holding a picture of Kushner, and Bannon congratulates Kushner before being dragged away by another reaper.
“Have a seat at your new desk,” Trump tells Kushner, motioning to his Oval Office desk. “I’d like you to, uh, just fix everything. If you need me, I’ll be over here at my desk.”