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2017-05-17 11:02:05


Why Rosie won’t be playing Steve Bannon on SNL

Rosie O’Donnell won’t be joining the ensemble team that has skyrocketed Saturday Night Live to ratings success this season by mocking key figures in the Trump administration, led mostly by Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon.

That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the story of why executive producer Lorne Michaels put the kibosh on her tweeted pleas to play embattled White House strategist Steve Bannon.

After the idea started trending on Twitter, O’Donnell offered her services.

Leslie Jones told THR she took O’Donnell’s offer straight to her boss.

I asked Lorne, “How come y’all aren’t bringing Rosie O’Donnell in [to play Bannon, per her plea on Twitter] or any of them to do it?”

But THR reports Michaels told her “no,” and also why it was “no.”

And he was like, “When you’re playing a character, you can’t play it from hate. You have to play it from funny, because when you play it from hate, it looks like you’re just being mean.” I love Rosie to death, but he might have been right on that one.

O’Donnell has not tweeted about the report, and did not respond to a question we tweeted to her seeking a comment. But she already appeared resigned that she would not get this opportunity, in a tweet exactly one month ago today:

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