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Kate McKinnon reprises Fauci role on ‘Saturday Night Live’ with holiday pandemic tips


“Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, in a holiday COVID-19 pandemic skit

In the show’s cold open, Fauci, portrayed by McKinnon, gave the audience some advice on how to handle the holidays and the pandemic. 

“I’m back!” McKinnon’s Fauci said. “Do people still think I’m sexy or are we done with that?”

She also noted the latest concerns with the new COVID-19 omicron variant, saying if you are vaccinated against the virus, you should be well protected. 

“Is it safe to travel? Can I still use this to get out of stuff? I would like to never work again,” McKinnon’s Fauci said. 

She also shared several scenarios of people going to restaurants and traveling during the pandemic, visiting Santa Claus and prominent figures such as former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.),  who were portrayed fellow SNL cast members. 

“That’s right, it’s me, the weirdo with a beardo, Ted Cruz,” Aidy Bryant’s Cruz said. “If you’re sick of seeing me, just think how sick I am of being me.”

Mckinnon’s Fauci then asked Bryant’s Cruz how he was handling the pandemic. 

“Oh, textbook bad,” Bryant’s Cruz said.

The actual Fauci appeared on ABC’s “This Week” several hours, saying that health officials would have to determine if another COVID-19 booster shot is necessary to protect against the virus. 

“If it becomes necessary to get yet another boost, then we’ll just have to deal with it when that occurs, but I’m hoping from an immunological standpoint that that third shot of an mRNA and the second shot of a J&J will give a much greater durability of protection than just the six months or so that we’re seeing right now,” Fauci told host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

Tags Andrew Cuomo Anthony Fauci Chris Cuomo George Stephanopoulos Kate McKinnon Lauren Boebert NBC Saturday Night Live Ted Cruz

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