Fall TV Preview

Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin to Play Donald Trump This Season

Alec Baldwin‘s latest role makes 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy look like a Prius-driving, NPR-subscribing, Greenpeace-supporting leftie.

The 16-time (!) Saturday Night Live host will play Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump throughout the series upcoming 42nd season, TVLine has confirmed.

The late-night, sketch-comedy series made the news official Wednesday with a video (see above) posted to its Twitter account.

Former SNL cast member and current SNL announcer Darrell Hammond portrayed the GOP candidate for the series’ 41st season; Hammond will continue as announcer and occasionally will appear in sketches, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Look for the long-running comedy to use Baldwin in a manner similar to how it used Larry David, who portrayed then-presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, last season.

Baldwin will make his debut as Trump in the season premiere, hosted by Suicide Squad‘s Margot Robbie, on Saturday (11:30/10:30c, NBC). Other Season 42 hosts include Hamilton phenom Lin-Manuel Miranda and The Girl on the Train star Emily Blunt.

What do you think of Baldwin-as-Trump? Watch the video above, then hit the comments!

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  1. Tired of him says:

    Sooooo overrated

  2. Lauren says:

    I’m really confused why Darrell Hammond isn’t doing it. It had to have been his call, right? Surely Lorne Michaels wouldn’t look for someone else unless Hammond said he didn’t want to do it.

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    So he’ll just be himself then.

  4. Scott Sandler says:

    Hopefully the frequency depletes after the end of November

  5. Joey Padron says:

    Surprised Darrell won’t be playing Trump anymore. Glad he’ll still appear in some sketches in new season. Hope Alec will do well playing him in season premiere.

  6. iHeart says:

    oh come on that’s type casting, besides I thought Baldwin was a Democrat….. well it sort of makes sense now

  7. Wendy says:

    Not that I want him to (for the record I do t want Clinton either), but what if Trump wins? Are they going to keep Alec around for four years? Not sure the long term plan was well thought out here.

  8. TJ says:

    They could not find someone in the current SNL cast to play Donald Trump. Really?!

    • peterwdawson says:

      Well they fired a couple of people with talent over the summer and last season they didn’t bother finding someone in the cast to play Bernie or Trump, so…

    • dman6015 says:

      Darrell Hammond does a perfect Trump. Unfortunately, he also does a perfect Bill Clinton. You can’t do a live sketch with him playing both people.

  9. Kevin K says:

    Very disappointed on Taran Killam’s SNL departure even though he did a great Donald Trump last season. Don’t know how Alec Baldwin’s Trump is going to fare. Better hope Hillary puts The Donald out of her misery for president.

  10. Christian says:

    Baldwin needs a better agent!

  11. I’m guessing it’s because Darrell Hammond is so good at Trump that he makes Trump really likeable. He played Trump when EVERYONE loved Trump as an entertainer. That’s why the switch. I’m guessing they’ll switch back soon.

  12. M says:

    No comparison. Darrell Hammond was much better.

  13. David Reid says:

    Darrel Hammond does the definitive Donald Trump. He has all of the subtleties of the character enveloped.