Sensing an imminent collapse of the Trump administration, Alec Baldwin opened this week’s season finale of “Saturday Night Live” in what’s hinted at being his final appearance as the reality TV star turned president.
In the cold open, Trump is sitting at a piano and begins singing “Hallelujah”, mirroring the cold open from last year’s post-election episode in which Kate McKinnon — costumed as Hillary Clinton — sang the same Leonard Cohen classic.
While Baldwin-as-Trump sings, he’s slowly surrounded by other members of the “SNL” cast as they join in, including advisor Steve Bannon (costumed as the Grim Reaper), Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), sons Eric and Donald Jr. (Alex Moffat and Mikey Day), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong), Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) and, in a surprise appearance, Ivanka Trump, played by Scarlett Johansson (who hilariously played the First Daughter earlier in the season for a faux TV commercial promoting her new fragrance, Complicit).
The sketch ended on a hilarious note, with Baldwin’s Trump declaring: “I’m not giving up because I didn’t do anything wrong. But I can’t speak for these people.”
Will this be the last time we see Donald Trump portrayed on “SNL” by Baldwin? While neither Baldwin nor “SNL” exec producer Lorne Michaels have stated that explicitly, the former “30 Rock” star hinted the finale would be his swan song in a tweet issued prior to Saturday’s show.
Earlier this year, Baldwin told Associated Press that he wasn’t sure whether he’d continue on as Trump in season 43.
“After that, I don’t quite know,” said Baldwin. “I don’t quite know if people want to continue with that. If everything stays the same in the country as it is now, I don’t think people will be in the mood to laugh about it come September.”
He also said that the possibility he’d be expanding his role on “SNL” is highly unlikely.
“I don’t know if I’d want to be Trump for more than a five-minute slug of time on ‘Saturday Night Live,'” he said. “You’d have to pay me an ungodly amount of money because it would be exhausting. It would be tiresome.”
While “SNL” has wrapped up its 42nd season, you can always catch Baldwin’s Trump in reruns throughout the summer, airing at 8:30 p.m. PT and 11:30 p.m.ET on Global.
In the meantime, compare and contrast Baldwin’s “Hallelujah” with Kate McKinnon’s, below: