Highlights From Margot Robbie’s ‘SNL’ Debut In Season 42 Premiere, Including N-Word Controversy

Margot Robbie made her “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut in last night’s season premiere, and kicked things off by taking to the stage in a marijuana-leaf dress for her monologue, in which she was “fact-checked” by every member of the “SNL” cast.

Robbie showed us another side while demonstrating she doesn’t take herself too seriously by playing a gorgeous librarian who becomes increasingly less so as her hair falls out and worse, to the horror of a group of college students.

Caroline De Quesada/NBC
Caroline De Quesada/NBC

In another sketch, the “Scooby Doo” gang was spoofed as “The Hunch Bunch”, with Robbie playing a particularly clueless member of the mystery-solving crew:

In this sketch, Kate McKinnon plays veteran Hollywood actress Debette Goldry (Kate McKinnon), who appears on a panel with some of today’s hottest actresses (including Robbie doing a wicked Keira Knightley impression), with Lupita Wyong’o (Sassier Zapata) complaining that “everyone asks what you’re wearing, but nobody asks what you’re thinking.” For Goldry, however, this is preferable to the Golden Years of Hollywood, when being a starlet meant opium injections and being beaten with a shovel by Clark Gable:

Here, a reporter (Kenan Thompson) covering a giant sinkhole in Tampa gets off track when he can’t believe that Margot Robbie’s character is actually married to a dorky loser — who shockingly isn’t even a millionaire!

Controversy ensued during Weekend Update when co-anchor Michael Che delivered a scathing routine about football players refusing to stand during the U.S. national anthem, noting that it’s mainly white guys who are upset by the phenomenon.

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“I expect white guys to defend the national anthem like I expected Phylicia Rashad to defend Bill Cosby,” quipped Che, who then shocked by dropping the N-word. “I’m sure when people were protesting ‘The Cosby Show’, I’m sure Clair Huxtable was like, ‘I don’t know what he did to y’all, but n***** made me rich!’ ”

“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global, and you can also watch full episodes and individual sketches online. Tune in on Saturday, Oct. 9 to catch guest host Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) and musical guest Twenty One Pilots.

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