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Alec Baldwin Responds to Rob Schneider’s ‘SNL’ Critics, Calls Trump a ‘Maniac’

Alec Baldwin responded to Rob Schneider’s criticism of Saturday Night Live in an Instagram video in which he also called former President Donald Trump a “maniac.”

Schneider – who worked on SNL between 1988 and 1994, transitioning from writer to actor in 1990 – appeared on the long-running NBC comedy show during a recent appearance on The Glenn Beck Podcast.

The conservative comedian, 58, said a November 2016 skit featuring Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton after Clinton’s election defeat to Trump was a moment when he decided the show was “over “.

“I hate to shit on my own show,” Schneider told conservative commentator Beck. “When Hillary Clinton lost – which is understandable why she lost. She’s not exactly the most logical person in the room.”

Alec Baldwin is pictured left on December 9, 2021 in New York City. Rob Schneider is pictured on December 11, 2019 in Hollywood. Former President Donald Trump is pictured inset August 5, 2022 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Baldwin responded to Schneider’s criticism of “Saturday Night Live” in an Instagram video. Baldwin also called Trump a “maniac” in the same video.
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“Then when Kate McKinnon came out there Saturday Night Live in the cold open and all that, and she’s dressed as Hillary Clinton, and she started performing Alleluia. I literally prayed, ‘Please make a joke at the end. Do not do that. Please don’t go down there,” Schneider continued. “And there was no joke at the end, and I said, ‘It’s over. It’s over. will not come back.'”

Baldwin, who holds the hosting record SNL most often with 17 runs, responded to Schneider’s complaints about the show in a video posted to Instagram on Wednesday.

“I guess it must be an incredibly slow news cycle if we’re talking about Rob Schneider’s thoughts on Kate McKinnon playing Hillary Clinton so many years ago,” Baldwin began his lengthy video, before giving a timeline of the moment. where he started doing Trump impersonations from the same year Trump was “incredibly” elected.

Aiming at Schneider’s criticisms of SNLBaldwin noted that the comic criticized “someone’s judgment and you leave out the idea that you had no problem with their judgment when they hired you… And of course Rob Schneider had a great race and he’s funny. I think he’s funny. Rob is very, very funny.”

Discussing conservatives in the entertainment industry, Baldwin, who won an Emmy Award for impersonating Trump on SNLsaid he thought they “had their own little club” and felt “being treated unfairly by Hollywood”.

“I hear these conservatives saying there’s a bias against them and I think that’s unfortunate,” he said. “There are people I know, and I won’t name them, who are conservative, who are arch-conservative. I enjoyed them very much as actors.”

Baldwin then called Trump a “virus,” saying he had taken “control” of the Republican Party, making things “difficult” for conservatives.

“So Schneider talks about it now and he criticizes [SNL]“, Baldwin said. “I guess it must be difficult. I know in the Trump era it’s hard on conservatives… I think it’s scary because you have this guy controlling the party. He is like a virus that has taken hold of your party. And you all collect money from his reputation and energy field. But what I mean is that I know it’s difficult.”

After saying he was “very proud” of Liz Cheney for not wanting to “get into all the Trump madness,” Baldwin said people in the arts can have a way of seeing the world that’s “different “. we have in common.”

Adding that characters are often portrayed in a way where the actor has to believe the individual onscreen is ‘right’, Baldwin said: ‘It must be difficult for people to see politics through that filter. of which Trump is the subject.

“I have said countless times publicly: Trump is the only president in the history of our country who has been president and has not been changed by the process. He was exactly the same when he came out as when he started. He’s still the same, he’s even worse, I guess,” Baldwin said. “It must be tough for the Rob Schneiders of the world. It must be hard that your man is a maniac… There’s a lot of criticism going back and forth between the two [political] sides on the same pile of issues.”

Alec Baldwin Responds to Rob Schneider’s ‘SNL’ Critics, Calls Trump a ‘Maniac’
Alec Baldwin is pictured portraying former President Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’ on January 14, 2017. In a recent Instagram video, Baldwin said he tried to cartoon Trump on the show .
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“But Trump is alone,” Baldwin continued. “Trump is alone. Trump is an anomaly. Trump is a maniac who convinced people that he should become President of the United States – and he succeeded. And continues two years later, saying that we should change the result of the election and blah, blah, blah.”

defend more SNL from Schneider’s reviews, Baldwin accepted that not all episodes of the series are good, as is the case with many corpora.

SNL is a live tv show… They are in an office in a meeting on a Monday and the show is live on Saturday. It is not easy. Of course, I will defend them. They’re my friends, they’re old, old pals of mine,” Baldwin said.

“I share the episodes of SNL the way I divide everything else. You look at an actor’s career, you look at a director’s career. I divide it into thirds. One third is good, one third is average and one third is not very good. And a third of SNL episodes have been good, and a third of them average, and a third not so good. Everybody knock through 33 [percent]“, continued Baldwin.

“It’s no different than any other program. It’s topical, they discuss what’s going on. It’s what is expected of us and it worked. In a couple of years, they are going to do their 50th season so they must be doing something right. Of course I love Lorne [Michaels]. I like the institution which is SNLI had a lot of fun with them.

“But you have to be careful. Someone taught me that in this business, which is to say, you have to be careful when you criticize people for their judgment and turn around and pause for a moment. and realize, well, that judgment of theirs caused them to hire you once.”


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