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Alec Baldwin Does Double Duty as Bill O'Reilly, Trump on 'SNL'

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Sunday, 09 Apr 2017 07:58 AM

Alec Baldwin raised eyebrows in the middle of last night's "Saturday Night Live" by doing an impression of embattled Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly hosting a virtually ad-free "O'Reilly Factor" - and then interviewing a supportive President Donald Trump, also played by the actor.

In doing so, Baldwin created the effect of being on screen twice, a feat accomplished by taping one of the performances ahead of time. The show has employed this technique in the past, when Dana Carvey would play both President George H.W. Bush and presidential candidate Ross Perot during debate sketches.

Baldwin scored laughs by telling "Factor" viewers the show still had a few reliable sponsors, like "Dog Cocaine." Fox News Channel has seen dozens of advertisers seek to move their commercials out of O'Reilly's program in the wake of a New York Times report detailing payments made to women who levied allegations of inappropriate behavior at O'Reilly, who has said in a recent statement that he had been a target, but had never been the subject of any complaints made to Fox News' Human Resources department.

Baldwin also reprised his popular impression of the President in the show's "cold open," in which the fake Commander-in-Chief appeared at a meeting in a rural Kentucky town. At a town hall meeting, he tried to elicit support for the recent U.S. missile strike against Syria while telling attendees his administration would cut many government services and benefits upon which they rely.

Comedian Louis C.K. delivered an extended stand-up monologue that included a routine asking about animals' inner thoughts.

Another standout sketch poked fun at the recent controversy surrounding Pepsi's latest commercial, which was pulled within a day of going on the air. In a taped segment, Beck Bennett plays a writer who calls friends from the set of the commercial shoot to tell them about the concept - only to learn it's offensive to people from many backgrounds.

Next week, the show will air live in primetime from coast to coast for the season's last four episodes, starting with Jimmy Fallon's hosting gig.

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Alec Baldwin raised eyebrows in the middle of last night's "Saturday Night Live" by doing an impression of embattled Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly hosting a virtually ad-free "O'Reilly Factor" - and then interviewing a supportive President Donald Trump, also played by the actor.
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