In the sketch, Bill Murray emerges from the Grim Reaper’s black cloak as Trump’s former White House Chief strategist.
Saturday Night Live returned on Saturday and viewers got quite the surprise during the opening sketch when Bill Murray emerged from the Grim Reaper’s black cloak playing Steve Bannon.
In the sketch, Fred Armisen is playing Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe when he is joined by Murray’s Bannon.
“My God, Steve, I always thought you looked like death but this is death warmed over,” said Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, played by Kate McKinnon.
Murray’s Bannon and Armisen’s Wolff then argue about whether Wolff got Bannon fired as Trump’s White House chief strategist.
“I never said Don Jr. was treasonous,” said Murray’s Bannon. “Well I certainly never said he cracked like an egg on TV.”
“Yeah, that does sound like me. OK, good reporting,” said Murray’s Bannon.
Murray starred on SNL from seasons two to five and has come back to host the late-night show five times.
SNL’s return from a month-long hiatus was also marked by host Sam Rockwell dropping the ‘F-bomb’ during the show’s live broadcast.
The actor seems to have accidentally sworn while playing a science teacher trying to explain a chemical reaction to a student during a sketch with Cecily Strong and Mikey Day.
“It isn’t true or false, Josh,” Rockwell said to him. “You can’t be this f---ing stupid.” He immediately put his hand up to his mouth as audience members gasp and laugh.
“I’m sorry, kids are stupid,” he then said to the audience. “I’m just saying what you see, OK?”
A number of past performers on SNL, including actor Charles Rocket and comedians Jenny Slate and Norm Macdonald, have also used the word during live sketches.
In Slate’s case, her F-word — accidentally dropped on her first SNL show — is believed to have contributed to her dismissal from SNL at the end of the 2009-10 season.