Lorne Michaels, creator of “Saturday Night Live,” revealed Sunday the reason his show ignored a major news story from last week.
The comedians on “Saturday Night Live” almost always satirically cover the major stories of the week. But over the weekend, one of the biggest recent news stories went noticeably uncovered: the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.
Why did they ignore it?
Upon leaving the show’s after party early Sunday morning, a reporter from the Daily Mail asked Michaels why the show ignored the Weinstein story. Michaels essentially confirmed everyone’s suspicions.
“It’s a New York thing,” Michaels said, likely referring to the fact that Weinstein is a New York liberal.
However, the show has mercilessly mocked President Donald Trump since he became a major candidate for the White House in 2015 and won the presidency. Trump was also born in New York and has been a lifelong resident. Trump was also a Democrat for the majority of his adult life.
Were there any plans to cover Weinstein?
It’s clear there were no plans to cover the story, but some of the actors attempted to joke about Weinstein during the show’s dress rehearsal, according to an audience member.
“I remember a joke being made about him during weekend update. ... I don't remember the joke, I just remember that it got a big reaction from the audience,” the audience member told the Daily Mail.
That joke was later cut from the live showing.
What did 'SNL' cover?
While they ignored the Weinstein story, the actors did touch on last week’s other major stories, including the Las Vegas massacre, rocker Tom Petty passing away and former NFL great O.J. being released from a Nevada prison after a nine-year stint for robbery and kidnapping.