Saturday Night Live has spent a lot of time on political impressions during Season 42, and that has led to some interesting casting decisions related to impersonations of people in Donald's Trump's cabinet. A few weeks ago, Melissa McCarthy popped up for the first time as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Shortly after that, Rosie O'Donnell took to social media, stating she would be a good fit to appear on the show as Trump's advisor Steve Bannon. As it turns out, that idea will remain just an idea, however. Here's what Rose O'Donnell had to say about the possibility of taking on the gig:
That was the whole impression, the Photoshop. Start to finish.
If you haven't been keeping tabs on Rosie O'Donnell's big bid to play Steve Bannon, a few days ago the former host of The View photoshopped an image of herself looking like Steve Bannon. At the time, O'Donnell had not been confirmed for the gig or anything, but that image went everywhere and a lot of people wondered if the actress and talk show personality might be teasing an upcoming SNL role. As her comment to TMZ indicates, her impression will be going no further than the image on social media.
If you missed the image, you can check it out, below.
During the quick interview, O'Donnell also confirmed she will not be in the SNL cast and has not been asked to sign on for a guest stint. Which means her Steve Bannon will not be SNL's version, after all.
Honestly, SNL has done pretty well this season in terms of bringing in political characters for sketches that have made sense. Kellyanne Conway has popped up on the show a lot because she has been the face of Donald Trump's Presidency frequently. The same can be said of Sean Spicer, who has been put in front of the press a lot. While Steve Bannon has not been totally immune to interviews over the last several weeks, there's been nothing to indicate that SNL has found a reason to pull an impersonation of the advisor together, at least beyond the Grim Reaper jokes. Even if the show does plan to bring a more conventional Bannon in, Rosie O'Donnell just clarified that she's not the right fit for the role.
If you were looking forward to Rosie O'Donnell popping up on the long-running sketch comedy series, this news might be a bummer. However, Saturday Night Live has had quite a few surprises up its sleeve during Season 42. We personally can't wait to see what the rest of the season has in store. To find out who will be appearing on the series next, take a look at our SNL hosting guide or tune in for new episodes on Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m. ET, only on NBC.