“Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich is apparently back at work after being suspended back in January for a roundly lambasted tweet about First Son Barron Trump.
“SNL” has a four-decade history of viciously lampooning political figures, but Rich learned the hard way that there are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed, especially when it comes to the 10-year-old son of President Donald Trump.
As Deadline reports, “SNL” Rich was apparently live-tweeting during Trump’s inauguration in January when she issued an ill-conceived joke about Barron Trump, writing that the son of Donald and Melania Trump “will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.”
Rich deleted the tweet several hours after it appeared, but that didn’t quell the controversy that ensued, which only grew stronger over the weekend as her critics demanded she apologize, with some even calling upon NBC to fire her.
“‘SNL’ has not commented on the issue but a person familiar with the situation tells Deadline that Rich was suspended from the show immediately after her tweet and the suspension is indefinite,” reports Deadline, adding that Rich “was not listed in the credits for the episode that aired on Saturday.”
Rich subsequently tweeted an apology for “the insensitive tweet,” adding, “I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”
Meanwhile, the woman at the centre of the most notorious White House sex scandal came to the defence of President Trump’s youngest son, with Monica Lewinsky taking to Twitter to decry those making “funny” tweets about the boy. “All children need to be protected from bullying + mockery,” writes Lewinsky, adding, “Let’s be better than this.”
Following the controversy, the White House Press Office released the following statement regarding Barron Trump.
“It is a longstanding tradition that the children of Presidents are afforded the opportunity to grow up outside of the political spotlight,” reads the statement. “The White House fully expects this tradition to continue. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.”
One person came to Rich’s defense was Chelsea Handler, with the outspoken comedian taking to Twitter to take a shot at the president. “It’s interesting that a writer on SNL is held to a higher standard of language than the man we elected @POTUS @katiemaryrich #stupid”
On Thursday, Jan. 26, President Trump was asked about the tweet during a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity.
“Your 10-year-old…What a wonderful, smart, charming kid. And then, they attack him; that’s got to hurt you and Melania,” Hannity remarked, as reported by Deadline.
“Well, ‘Saturday Night Live’ – a person from ‘Saturday Night Live’ was terrible,” Trump responded. “It’s a failing show, it’s not funny. Alec Baldwin’s a disaster. He’s terrible on the show and, by the way, I don’t mind some humour but it’s terrible. But for them to attack, for NBC to attack my 10-year-old son –”
“Horrible,” Hannity interjected.
“It’s a disgrace,” continued Trump, adding: “He’s a great boy. And it’s not an easy thing for him. Believe me.”
With “SNL” making a summertime return in August with its “Weekend Update” specials, Entertainment Weekly reports that Rich was credited on the episode that aired on Thursday, Aug. 10; NBC, adds EW, had not comment about Rich apparently returning to work.