Actor Alec Baldwin has had a change of heart on his decision to give up his role playing Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’ – as he revealed in a tweet calling Sarah Sanders a ‘mouthpiece for fascism.’
Baldwin, whose performances have infuriated the president he portrays as a buffoon, says his future could involve a return to the NBC sketch comedy show – after saying earlier this was his ‘last season.’
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the father of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, used the news to bash his ‘unfunny Trump bashing’ and plug his own TV show.
‘Alec Baldwin announced that he’s ‘so done’ playing @realDonaldTrump on ‘Saturday Night Live’.’ Huckaebee tweeted. ‘Good news for viewers who are ‘so done’ with ‘SNL’ & unfunny vicious Trump bashing instead of comedy. For refreshing variety, try my show instead tonight!
Baldwin wasn’t amused. He retweeted Huckabee, then went after his daughter, another target of a brutal impersonation on SNL.
‘Who knows what the future holds? I tell what it should hold. That you, who have sucked a govt paycheck out of the economy while you were a dreadful Lt gov and then gov and that daughter of yours, a mouthpiece for fascism, that you go away. Just…go away,’ Baldwin wrote.
He also tweeted at Huckabee Monday: ‘And your show is dreadful. You have no charm, insight or intellect.’
Huckabee, who previously had a show on Fox that ran from 2008 until 2015, when he left to pursue a failed run for president. His current show, which airs on the Christian Trinity Broadcasting Network, features an image of Sarah Sanders sitting for an interview with her father on its main landing page online. In April Huckabee signed a deal to return to Fox as a contributor.
Baldwin also shared a story about his planned departure, then commented: ‘Wait! Wait! If pissing off Trump is the point, then I’ll keep doing it! I’ll keep doing it!!’
Baldwin explained his turnaround on the show in an interview with Extra, touted his longtime relationship with show producer Lorne Michaels.
‘Lorne is my good friend and if they want me to come and do the show per my availability, I’d be more than happy,’ Baldwin said.
He explained that the primary concern was scheduling as he seeks to devote more time to long-form acting after taking time off for the birth of his son.
‘This last season it was tough because I think I knew that I had a little anxiety… because I thought, ‘This fall, I’ve got to go to work,’ Baldwin said.
‘I’ve taken a lot of time off since our last baby, Romeo, was born. I haven’t worked that much… like a real gig where you make a movie for like six weeks or eight weeks… you go away on location.’
Romeo, his fifth child, is 1 year old.
‘I do know that in the fall, I have to get a job because I have a lot of little children,’ he said.
The turnaround came after Baldwin sounded definitive on his break, saying he is ‘so done’ with impersonating Trump and ‘can’t imagine doing it again’.
The actor, 61, who won a Primetime Emmy for his portrayal of Trump, said he ‘can’t imagine’ returning to the New York-based show next year.
Baldwin started the sketch of the President during the Presidential Elections in October 2016 – which saw Trump rise to power.
But rumors circulated a year later that Baldwin wanted to hang up his pout, with the actor saying ‘I’m not going to do it much more’.
The Hunt For Red October actor has stuck it out for a further two years but has again revealed his plans to end it.
Baldwin told USA Today: ‘I feel like I’m done with that now. I’m so done with that.
‘I mean, I had a lot of fun with (the cast). ‘When Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider wrote [Trump sketches in 2016 and 2017] that was new, it was fresh and the ratings were good.
‘I can’t imagine I would do it again. I just can’t…They should find somebody who wants to do it.
‘They’re all my dear friends and I love going there, but the other thing is that I’m going to go to work this fall in a way I haven’t done in a while.’
But Baldwin added that his real family played a part in his decision.
‘My wife and I had a son a year ago, and since he was born, I’ve worked minimally because I wanted to be there for my wife and kids.’
‘But the party’s over this fall and I’ll be traveling. ‘SNL’ just crushes my weekends, and now weekends are going to become much more precious to me because that’s time with my kids.’
Baldwin suggested Anthony Atamanuik would be right to reprise his role as Trump, due to the actor and comedian already playing him on Comedy Central’s The President Show.
Saturday Night Live ended its 44th season with a send-up of President Trump and his administration last month.
For the last show of the season, the SNL cast members portrayed the president, his family, top aides and supporters and performed a rendition of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now – only with lyrics altered.
Baldwin returned to reprise his imitation of the President, while Cecily Strong played First Lady Melania Trump.
The sketch begins with Trump at his desk in the Oval Office.
‘I’m very excited about summer,’ he says. ‘I’ll get around to those things I never have time for: golf, visiting friends in prison and enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs from Gyna [China].’
In the SNL skit, Trump then boasts of how he has the economy ‘on fire.’
‘I’m not going to tell you if it’s a fire that keeps you warm or burns your house to the ground, but it’s some kind of fire,’ he says.
‘So I’m on cruise control to a second term and there’s nothing the Democrats in Congress can do about it.
‘So sit back and enjoy the ride, America.’
Trump then breaks into song, reciting the first lines of Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.
‘Tonight, I’m going to have myself a real good time.’
Strong, as Melania Trump, joins the president. She sits on the Resolute Desk and leans back while singing.
‘He feels a-live, live, live, live…’
Trump then sings the next line: ‘And the world, I’ll turn it inside out, yeah…’
At this point, SNL cast member Beck Bennett joins the scene as Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence, Melania and Trump add together: ‘Don’t stop him cause he’s having a good time, having a good time.’
President Trump has repeatedly hit out at Saturday Night Live and Baldwin over his parody and provoking of him.
In April, Baldwin wrote on Twitter: ‘If I ran for President, would you vote for me? I won’t ask you for any $. And I promise I will win,’ declared Baldwin.
Beating Trump would be so easy. So easy. So easy.’
The President did not respond.
But in February, Baldwin lampooned him on the show, telling a mock press conference in his Trump voice that ‘you can all see why I have to fake this national emergency.’
Baldwin’s alternative President Trump said in the show’s opening sketch that he would ultimately ‘plead insanity.’
And the President hit back, tweeting nine hours later: ‘Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC!
‘Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!’
Baldwin’s mockery has sometimes drifted from the President to include his family as well.
Following the fallout with President Trump over the February show, Baldwin turned his eyes to Donald Trump Jr.
He tweeted that the President’s son can tune into Saturday Night Live from prison.
Don Jr later lashed out following the skit after Baldwin added in a tweet that President Trump’s ongoing criticism of SNL constituted a threat to the actor’s family.
In response, Baldwin tweeted: ‘You know, Junior, I’m sure u r stressed, facing a possible indictment and prison time for being part of the first criminal enterprise to operate out of the (White House).
‘But don’t worry. Tune in @nbcsnl while you are in the slammer. Your dad and his nuttiness will never be far away.’