“Saturday Night Live,” which loves to skewer the high and mighty, seemed to be running scared from Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein and his sexual harassment scandal. “It's a New York thing,” the show’s creator Lorne Michaels explained after a Weinstein skit was dropped after dress rehearsal.
Weinstein’s scandal began to unwind after an investgative piece by The New York Times, and he then threatened to sue the newspaper, casting a chill over the story for several days.
“SNL” didn’t hesitate to pack some extra punch on Saturday as it flicked through topics including OJ Simpson’s release, and even the Las Vegas shootings, but the Weinstein scandal went unmentioned.
Donald Trump Jr., son of the most favorite "SNL" target in history, was quick to Twitter his indignation, suggesting his father also was “a New York thing.”
The Daily Mail reported a Weinstein joke had originally been worked into the show, and even tested with the cast during dress rehearsal, but was cut in the last moment.
Michaels told reporters after the show that Weinstein’s scandal was ignored because "SNL" and Weinstein shared New York ties, according to the Daily Mail.
The Times cited a source saying the Weinstein joke fell flat, but others said the dress rehearsal audience liked it.
Donald Trump Jr. pointed out on Twitter that President Donald Trump had been born in New York but wasn’t exempt from being mocked on “SNL.”
“Out of curiosity where is @realdonaldtrump from??? Seems like there could be more to that pass than this nonsense,” he said.
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