“Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator cuts into host’s first segment in staged gag
Donald Trump took the stage at studio 8H in Rockefeller Center Saturday for his second turn as host of “Saturday Night Live,” and wound up having his opening monologue interrupted — by Larry David.
“Trump’s a racist!” David shouted at the end of Trump’s monologue. When asked by The Donald why he was shouting, David answered, “I heard if I did that, they’d give me $5,000.” The interruption was part of a scripted gag to end the monologue.
A Hispanic advocacy group offered earlier this week to give a bounty to any audience member who shouted “Trump’s a racist” during the live broadcast.
Trump began the monologue by joking about his infamous ego and his previous appearance as host of the show a decade ago.
“It’s wonderful to be here,” Trump said. “I can tell you, many of the greats have hosted this show, like me in 2004.”
The GOP candidate also joked about his frequent public feuds. About former “The View” co-host Rosie O’Donnell, he said, “She said some things about me that were hurtful and untrue. I said some things about her that were mean, but completely accurate.”
Trump was also joined on stage by current cast member Taran Killam and former cast member Daryl Hammond, each doing impressions of the real estate mogul-turned-GOP presidential candidate.
“They’re great,” Trump said. “They don’t have my talent. My money, or especially my good looks.”
Trump’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” had drawn criticism since NBC announced the booking several weeks ago.
On Saturday, activists marched from Trump Tower to Rockefeller Center ahead of the show to protest his appearance. Hispanic groups have been angered by Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “criminals.”