Executive producer Lorne Michaels has booked Alec Baldwin to portray Republican nominee Donald Trump on the upcoming season of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. The show is set to make its season premiere this week.
Trump was previously played by former cast member Darrell Hammond during Trump’s years on The Apprentice. Hammond currently works on the late night mainstay as the opening announcer. More recently Taran Killam played Trump but it was announced earlier this summer that Killam’s contract was not picked up for the season and he is now set to star in a new series for Showtime.
Baldwin has hosted SNL 16 times over the past twenty-six years and previously impersonated presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry in 2011. While Baldwin previously made positive comments towards Trump’s run for president, stating on Howard Stern in June 2015 that he “would love to see Trump be the Republican nominee … [He’s a] huge campaign finance reform person.” More recently spoken out against Trump saying that Trump is “the first candidate made of hate.”
Saturday Night Live premieres its 42nd season on October 1 with host Margot Robbie and musical guest The Weeknd. The announcement was made via social media with Baldwin and Kate McKinnon as Hilary Clinton.
Baldwin is repped by CAA.
Emily J | Staff Writer