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'SNL's' Hillary Clinton Does Her Homework With Real Deal HRC

2/17/2017 7:16 AM PST

0217-clinton-mckinnon-facebook-2Expect a Hillary Clinton sighting on 'SNL' this week, or at least Kate McKinnon as Hillary, after they did dinner together in NYC. 

'SNL' superstar McKinnon was spotted doing dinner Wednesday night at Orso ... no doubt having some laughs about the current political environment.

As bad as the election turned out for the real Hillary -- it's been ratings gold for Kate and her castmates.

Who picked up the tab? It better be Lorne Michaels or NBC.

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Rosie O'Donnell No Steve Bannon Role for Me On 'SNL'

2/17/2017 6:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Anyone hoping to see Rosie O'Donnell play Steve Bannon on "Saturday Night Live" better write to their congressman ... Lorne Michaels

We got Rosie leaving Nobu in West Hollywood Thursday night and she told us her uncanny photoshop of Bannon is as far as she'll be taking the role.

Why? Sounds like the idea failed to launch with 'SNL' honchos. We'll always have this ...

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SNL Kellyanne Conway's 'Fatal Attraction' on SNL

2/12/2017 6:43 AM PST

Kellyanne Conway did everything but boil a rabbit on "SNL" ... and it was brutal.

Kate McKinnon channeled her best Glenn Close in an epic "Fatal Attraction" spoof. You gotta see this ... it makes Alec Baldwin's Trump skits look like a love letter.

Plus, Melissa McCarthy returned in top form as Sean Spicer ... easily as hilarious as the first.

Senator Al Franken SNL's In My Past ... But These Trump Skits Are Gold!

2/12/2017 11:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Senator Al Franken says Saturday Night Live is as good as it's ever been with their Donald Trump skits -- and he should know ... as an original writer for the show.

We got the performer-turned-politician in D.C. Sunday, where he gave kudos for SNL's latest Trump spoofs, especially Melissa McCarthy's turn as Sean Spicer. The proof's in the numbers ... SNL had its highest ratings in 6 years as of this week. 

Al even touches on his old SNL role as self-help guru Stuart Smalley. Doesn't sound like he's interested in getting back into character anytime soon, though.

SNL Most Hilarious Skit Ever Melissa McCarthy Plays Sean Spicer

2/5/2017 7:10 AM PST

Turns out "Saturday Night Live" was the big winner in the Presidential election, because it's now off-the-charts hilarious with Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer at a White House press briefing.

No need to write it ... you gotta watch the video. But you should know, Trump's big Supreme Court announcement had men with hard-ons and women ovulating! 

Donald Trump Madonna is 'Disgusting'

1/27/2017 5:59 AM PST

President Donald Trump went after Madonna big time Thursday night, calling Madonna "disgusting" for musing out loud she was thinking of "blowing up the White House."

Trump went on Sean Hannity's show on FNC and did not hold back. He thinks the singer not only hurt herself very badly by the comment, she hurt the cause for which she was fighting.

The prez also lashed out at 'SNL,' responding to a writer who had tweeted, "Barron will be this country's first homeschool shooter." Trump said, "I don't mind some humor, but it's terrible ... For them to attack, for NBC to attack my 10-year-old son ... it's a disgrace." Trump added it's not been easy on Barron.

'SNL' Writer Suspended, Apologizes for Barron Trump Tweet

1/23/2017 12:47 PM PST
Breaking News

0123_Katie-Rich_snl_twitter'SNL' acted swiftly to punish one of its writers after she tweeted a tasteless joke about 10-year-old Barron Trump.

A source familiar with the situation says 'SNL' has suspended Katie Rich indefinitely, and the suspension came down immediately after her infamous social media post on inauguration Friday. 

Rich tweeted, "Barron will be this country's first homeschool shooter."

Rich has since deleted all her tweets, with the exception of an apology she posted Monday.

Deadline first reported her suspension.


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Courteney Cox & Jennifer Meyer Double-Dip Buds

12/7/2016 7:28 AM PST

Courteney Cox and Jennifer Meyer must've had quite the appetite because they took a mini restaurant tour, and made sure to hit the highest profile spots.

The ladies first hit up Catch Tuesday night. It's the hottest new dining spot in town, which also makes it a hot spot for paparazzi. But when they followed up with a stop at Craig's, it was obvious ... they wanted to be seen, and even talk.

We asked Courteney about 'SNL' lampooning her pal Jennifer Aniston's "Friends" character. Check out her review. 

Solange on SNL Hey Bey ... PUT ME DOWN!!!

11/6/2016 7:17 AM PST

Solange Knowles hit the stage Saturday night on SNL, and she got a surprise by big sis Beyonce, and they were just like you and me.

Solange, who sang "Cranes in the Sky" has issues with being lifted by Bey.  

Pretty funny.

'SNL' Star Rips Shaq Your Undercover Video Is Lame! (Update: I Love Shaq!)

6/1/2016 12:31 PM PDT

0601_shaq_petedavidson_tmzupdate_graphic_red_bar1:52 PM PST -- Shortest beef ever? 

We just spoke with Pete who says he was "obviously joking" and that he LOVES Shaq. In fact, the two hung out at the Justin Bieber roast last year. 

He adds, "Plus, I would never offend a man that large."

update_grey_gray_barShaq versus ... Pete Davidson from "Saturday Night Live"? 

Yep. 

The comedian apparently HATED Shaq's undercover driver video he made for Lyft -- 'cause after we posted it on TMZ Sports, Pete swatted the clip down as "f***ing lame."

Pete posted his review on Instagram -- and, while he didn't mention Shaq by name, it was obvious what he was referring to. 

"Hey you know what would be hilarious guys? If a really famous person went undercover as an Uber driver. Isn't that so hilarious and crazy!! UGH SO F***ING LAME."

So far, no word from Shaq ... but he usually isn't one to back down from a celebrity feud

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Gwen Stefani Half-Assed Arrival For SNL After Party

4/3/2016 9:19 AM PDT

0403-gwen-stefani-weird-dress-SPLASH-01Gwen Stefani's skirt left little doubt what was underneath it all after Saturday Night Live.

She showed up to the famed cast after party in NYC wearing a sheer top and a very right cheeky skirt.

We're betting even her country music singing bf Blake Shelton would shout out, "Hella good" ... at the sight of Gwen in this outfit.

Frank Sinatra Jr. He's Dead ... But Joe Piscopo Is Alive

3/17/2016 9:28 AM PDT

0317-sinatra-piscopo-twitter-01Someone at WNDU in Indiana is blind as a bat ... because they mixed up Frank Sinatra Jr. and Joe Piscopo (as Frank Sinatra on 'SNL') during Wednesday night's newscast.

The mix-up just gives us an excuse to watch this again ... 

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Kanye West Audio Reveals 'SNL' Freak Out ... But Lorne Was Spared

2/17/2016 3:14 PM PST
Exclusive Details

021716-kanye-west-snl-tmz-02Kanye West had a Yeezus-like moment at 'SNL' over a last minute change to his stage, but in a very un-Yeezus move ... he didn't rage out at producers. 

According to multiple reports, the rapper went ballistic on show execs before 'SNL' started, but our Kanye sources say that's not exactly what happened. We're told 30 minutes before going live, producers removed almost half of Kanye's set for aesthetics. 

Kanye'd been rehearsing on the larger set all day, so he was definitely pissed. We're told he threatened to walk and angrily vented, but only to HIS team ... never to 'SNL' honchos. 

He did eventually speak calmly with Lorne Michaels, who decided to put the set back together. 

Still, the backstage rant was epic -- the NY Post got this audio of Kanye comparing himself to Stanley Kubrick, the apostle Paul and Picasso. Vintage 'Ye.

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