Colin Jost defied the NBC censors on “Weekend Update” in the first “SNL” episode after the show’s holiday break, using Donald Trump’s word “shithole” on air.
“The book ‘Fire and Fury,’ a salacious expose of the Trump White House, was released last week,” Jost said to start the segment. “And then this week, the sequel wrote itself.”
The first story of Jost and Michael Che’s “Weekend Update” segment kicked off by discussing Trump’s comments this week, in which he reportedly referred to Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries.”
Jost’s graphic for the story censored Trump’s phrase as “s—hole.”
“During an Oval Office meeting on Thursday, Trump attacked protections for immigrants from African countries, which he called s-holes. That’s what NBC asked us to say, by the way. S-holes. Even though the president can say ‘shithole,’” Jost said, though “shithole” was censored.
“Oops,” Jost said.
“At this point, I feel bad for parents of young children,” Jost continued. “Everything you yell at them for, they can be like, ‘But the president gets to do it.’ The most insane thing, of course, is that Trump said a bunch of racist stuff right before Martin Luther King Day, which is like pounding beers in the car on the way to rehab. Now I’m worried about what he’s going the say the day before Passover.
Jost also brought up Trump’s further comments, in which he asked people in the Oval Office why the U.S. wasn’t getting more European immigrants.
“Trump said, ‘Instead, we should take more immigrants from countries like Norway,” Jost said. “And Norwegians were like, ‘America? We’re not going to that shaather hoeven.’”
Jost wasn’t the only one to get bleeped during the early part of “Weekend Update” — Michael Che continued the segment about Trump’s comments, and used the president’s words on air as well.
“You know, if I’m being honest, when someone asks me, ‘Did you hear what Donald Trump said about Haiti and Africa?’ I was like, ‘Oh, boy. Did it start with an “N”?’” Che said. “But then I heard what it was. And I was like, that’s it? I’ve said that about countries for not having a CVS.
“Here’s the thing,” Che continued. “My job is to make jokes about the news. But Trump saying something racist isn’t exactly news anymore. It’d be news if Trump said, ‘You know what we need more of in this country? Haitians.’ And by the way, he’s not the only one that thinks like that. I’ve lived in this country my entire life and I’ve been asked to go back to Africa several times. And it’s never been because they thought I would enjoy it there. You do realize how rich these places are in resources, right? I mean, they’ve just been robbed and exploited for centuries by Western powers. So calling it a shithole is like telling the kid you molested, ‘Boy, did you grow up weird.’”