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Bill Murray appears as Steve Bannon in ‘SNL’ cold open

“Saturday Night Live” kicked off its first episode of 2018 with a parody episode of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that addressed everything from President Trump’s “shithole” comments to the release of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

Former “SNL” cast member Fred Armisen made a surprise appearance as Michael Wolff, the author of the controversial book about the early days of the Trump administration. 

In the skit, Armisen shares one of the stories that didn’t make it into the final cut of his book.

“There were baby races. Trump would ask to have two babies placed in his office, usually of different races. Someone would put a bowl of Goldfish crackers at the other side of the room. Trump would say, ‘A thousand bucks on the black one,’ ” he said.

Asked by the “Morning Joe” hosts if his story is truthful, Armisen’s Wolff responds: “You read it, right? And you liked it? You had fun? What’s the problem. You got the gist, so shut up. Even the stuff that’s not true was true.”


The cold open also includes a surprise appearance from Bill Murray as former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who stepped down as chairman of Breitbart News after being quoted in Wolff’s book. 

“I never said Don Jr., was treasonous, and I certainly never said he’d crack like an egg on TV,” Murray’s Bannon chastised Armisen’s Wolff, referring to the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., before admitting, “Ok, that does sound like me, thank you, good reporting.”

Murray’s Bannon also shares his future plans now that he’s left Breitbart, which include a new show for Crackle called “Cucks in Cars Getting Coffee,” creating “wrinkled barn jackets called Frumpers for guys,” and a future skin care line called “Blotch.”

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