‘SNL’ Delivers Somber Opening As Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Sings Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’

Despite Donald Trump’s historic victory on Tuesday, Alec Baldwin’s outrageous caricature was nowhere to be seen during the first post-election episode of “Saturday Night Live”, with the show departing from its typical cold-open strategy to serve up something very different.

Instead of a political sketch, the show opened with Kate McKinnon, costumed as Hillary Clinton, sitting at a grand piano and singing a sincere, heartfelt version of “Hallelujah” in honour of the late Leonard Cohen, who passed away Monday at age 82. Heartfelt and emotional, at one point McKinnon can even be seen tearing up as she sings.

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When the song ended, McKinnon-as-Clinton turned to the camera and said: “I’m not giving up. And neither should you. And live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

The unexpected shift in tone was definitely an attention-grabber, judging by the reaction on Twitter:

“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.

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