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Donald Trump Hispanic Groups Demand NBC Pull Plug on 'SNL' Gig

10/19/2015 6:40 AM PDT

Several Hispanic advocacy groups are about to learn a hard lesson in advocacy ... don't waste your time during sweeps. 

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is pissed at NBC for allowing Donald Trump to host "Saturday Night Live."  They're going after NBC, saying, "We are appalled that you would enable Trump's hateful speech for nothing [more] than a ratings ploy and ask that you rescind the SNL invitation." 

They got the ratings thing right. Trump is set to host November 7, smack in the middle of sweeps. NBC will almost surely get record-breaking ratings, which is a hard thing to give up.

On top of that, Trump and the network have settled their beef, and NBC is not going to resurrect the feud.

Pick your battles wisely ...


Eddie Murphy Comedy Stage, Here I Come!!!

10/18/2015 12:19 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Eddie Murphy has opened the door to a return to the comedy stage.

Eddie was arriving at the Four Seasons in Georgetown ... he's in D.C. to pick up the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

Prez Obama's sure to be there, and Eddie returned the flattery in advance.

But down to business ... our photog asked Eddie if he'd break the 28-year dry spell by returning to the comedy stage, and his time frame seems promising.

Tracy Morgan Return to SNL Mixed with Humor, Emotion

10/18/2015 6:47 AM PDT

Tracy Morgan made people laugh and cry Saturday night during and after his triumphant return to "Saturday Night Live."

Tracy and wife Megan Wollover were leaving the afterparty when a friend hugged the comedian and broke down in tears.  Tracy ended up comforting him.

As for the show ... Tracy's near fatal accident provided him with material to make the night a success.

Tracy Morgan NO FEAR ... Of Stand-up Comeback

10/14/2015 10:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tracy Morgan catching a case of nerves about getting back onstage after a 16 month layoff? THAT'S CRAZY!

We got Tracy as he was leaving 'SNL' rehearsals Tuesday night, and asked if he had any concerns about shaking off the rust for his 2 stand-up gigs in NYC the other night.

Tracy's confidence is definitely not shaken ... check out his response.

Also cool to see him interact with some of the other cast members and fans outside 30 Rock.

#CantWaitForSaturday 

Donald Trump I'm Hosting SNL!!!

10/13/2015 10:14 AM PDT

Donald Trump will host "Saturday Night Live" ... and the big winner is NBC.

Trump will front SNL on November 7th ... which NOT coincidentally is smack in the middle of sweeps.

Trump has been a ratings magnet ... CNN got its best rating in history during the second Republican Presidential Debate ... thanks to D.T. And even the struggling "Meet the Press" attracted 3.6 million viewers in August thanks to The Donald.

Trump is not a novice on the 'SNL' front. He hosted in 2004.

Hillary Clinton on SNL I Do a Mean, Mean Trump Impression

10/4/2015 6:37 AM PDT

Hillary Clinton did what all modern-day presidential candidates do to stand out ... appear on "Saturday Night Live" ... but we gotta say, this one really is a stand out.

Hillary was playing a bartender named Val, who serves up booze to Kate McKinnon, who's playing Hillary.

It's hilarious ... Hillary nailed it.

Miley Cyrus It Is What Zit Is

9/28/2015 7:53 AM PDT

Miley Cyrus was spotted. That's it. Just spotted ... as she arrived in NYC.

Maybe the stars on her face were supposed to distract everyone from the blotches of what looks like zit cream. It didn't work, but we're absolutely positive of one thing -- Miley don't care.

Her complexion should be spectacular on 'SNL' next weekend.

Tracy Morgan Hosting SNL Rebound Complete!!!

8/17/2015 10:40 AM PDT

Tracy Morgan is back!!!!! He'll be hosting one of the first shows next season on "Saturday Night Live."

NBC announced the first three guest hosts are Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer, and Tracy.

Tracy responded on Twitter, "Stoked to be going home ... #SNL."

He's made an amazing recovery from the car crash a year ago. We got him out earlier this month driving and clowning with his old English teacher. 


Original 'SNL' Cast Member George Coe Dies

7/20/2015 3:46 PM PDT
Breaking News

George Coe, one of the O.G. "Saturday Night Live" stars, died in Santa Monica over the weekend.

Coe was part of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" comedy troupe that launched 'SNL' in 1975 -- and went on to have a very successful career in movies and TV. He had roles in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The West Wing," and "L.A. Law."

Most recently, Coe voiced a main character on "Archer." He played Woodhouse, Archer's butler.

His big movie roles included ... "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Blind Date."

Variety first reported his death.

Fun fact: Coe held the record for oldest person to join 'SNL.' He was 46 when the show started. Leslie Jones just took that title ... she was 47 when she joined in 2014.

Bruce Buffer 'SNL' Gets a 'Ready to Rumble' Pass

5/7/2015 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC announcer Bruce Buffer and his famous bro don't joke about protecting the 5 most famous words in pro fighting -- but says "Saturday Night Live" is getting a funny pass ... a very pricey one.

The 'Veteran Voice of the Octagon' was outside Gold's Gym in Venice, and told us why "SNL's" Mayweather/Pacquiao skit -- which included Michael Buffer's "Let's get ready to rumble" -- isn't costing NBC a cent.

Normally, Bruce and Michael charge handsomely -- at least 5 figures -- for an individual or production to use the famous catchphrase.

Bottom line in this case -- Bruce gives Taran Killam's version a thumbs up, but it's far from open season on "rumble." If you want MB at your next birthday party ... get ready to payyyyyy!

Chris Kattan Ambien Alert Escorted By Cops From Phoenix Airport

5/5/2015 12:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Former "SNL" star Chris Kattan had airline personnel on edge at the airport in Phoenix -- and his jittery behavior got so bad, cops had to remove him ... but turns out, Chris just needed a nap. 

Phoenix PD says officers were dispatched to the Southwest terminal on Sunday evening to remove a passenger who'd been barred from boarding his flight. Sources say Kattan was mumbling and nervously walking around the gate until 5 responding officers arrived to escort him out of Sky Harbor Airport.

Cops say Kattan told them he had popped an Ambien earlier in the day, and it was still in his system.

Kattan tells TMZ he was up very late Saturday night for a wrap party, and on his way home to L.A. he missed a connecting flight in Phoenix. He says he was just looking for a spot to crash in the terminal when cops arrived.

Cops took Kattan to a nearby hotel to catch some z's before he caught a later flight. He's grateful the officers were kind ... and cops agree Kattan was cooperative.

Chris had more serious Ambien troubles last year -- he was sentenced to 3 years probation for slamming his Mercedes into a parked vehicle while under the influence of the sleep aid. 

'SNL' Star Cecily Strong Cracks Racist Cops Joke on Obama ... As Baltimore Riots Raged

4/26/2015 8:27 AM PDT

Cecily Strong went in HARD on President Obama and the Secret Service with an envelope-pushing joke about cops killing black men -- and she did it just miles from the Baltimore riots over that very issue.

Cecily hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night, and got the biggest reaction from the room when she said the Secret Service is "the only law enforcement agency in the country that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot."

The crowd was still gasping when she unleashed another racially charged follow-up.

Around the same time -- 30 miles outside the Beltway -- the Baltimore riots over Freddie Gray's death in police custody turned so violent police told Orioles fans to stay inside the stadium after the game.

We're guessing Cecily's jokes were written long before Baltimore erupted -- still, it was front page news all day leading up to the WHCD. So, we gotta ask ...  

Dakota Johnson BLASTED For SNL ISIS Skit

3/1/2015 7:31 AM PST

Dakota Johnson has joined ISIS ... well, at least a character she played on "Saturday Night Live"  -- and the Internet went CRAZY!

Check out the video ....Dakota's dropped off at the airport by her dad -- played by Taran Killam -- but instead of joining the army like the Toyota commercial ... she joins the infamously savage org.

Social media users blew up with anger ... with responses like:

- "I think it's safe to say I will never watch SNL or any of Dakota Johnson's movies ever again"

- "Dear #SNL, jokes about Isis are not funny. See how much you laugh when you have to see your loved one(s) being slaughtered. No respect."

 

- "Actually offended by the ISIS sketch... Is that seriously all you could come up with? @nbcsnl #SNL"

So we gotta ask ...

9:20 AM PST -- Taran Killam just defended the skit on Twitter saying, "Proud of this. Freedom to mock is our greatest weapon. Thanks to the writers who asked not to be mentioned by name."

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