Rosie O'Donnell Steve Bannon

SNL First Look? Rosie O'Donnell Transforms Into Steve Bannon

Rosie O’Donnell is either offering us a sneak peek at the next Saturday Night Live, or she’s sending Lorne Michaels a very loud message.

The comedienne unveiled on Twitter late Thursday a photo of herself made over to look like President Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon. The reveal comes two days after O’Donnell publicly lobbied to play her arch nemesis’ right-hand man on Saturday Night Live. UPDATE: O’Donnell is not slated to appear on this weekend’s SNL, her rep confirms to

In a series of tweets Monday night, O’Donnell insisted that she was “available” to serve alongside Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer “if called” to appear on the late-night sketch program. Thus far, Bannon has been depicted on SNL as the grim reaper, with many speculating that the man behind the mask is cast member Mikey Day.

Baldwin is set to host this weekend’s SNL for a record-setting 17th time.

What do you think? Is the gig O’Donnell’s to lose at this point? 

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  1. N.S says:

    OMFG that resemblance. She could just walk into the National Security Council and nobody would bat an eye.

    • Gayymer says:

      Melissa was SO awesome as Spicer. It can’t be replaced with Rosie. She’s not funny, and she’s irrelevant. More Melissa!!!!

      • Jennifer says:

        Rosie wants to play Steve Bannon, not Scott Spicer. Here’s hoping we see more Melissa McCarthy as Spicer soon. I have the feeling we will . . .

        • Gayymer says:

          I was saying that Rosie playing Steve wont be the same as Melissa playing Sean…just cause Melissa did it and it was a hit, wont make Rosie funny at doing the same thing.

          • Hubie Martello says:

            But collectively think of that cast! You haven 45 covered, what a great job Mr. Baldwin does there. And Sean is covered to perfection by Melissa. The Grim Reaper is a nice touch, but “Brightbart” Bannon needs a face. Rosie is perfect. Think of the material she will bring to the SNL writers! We all know how much 45 hates her, right? This is too good to be true. I hope SNL brings her in. 45’s son could be depicted as a worlock w/Ivanca as a witch performing a futile turning the Reaper into Bannon. Played by Rosie of course. Kinda like a Supernatural moment. Just my thoughts

      • Bye Felicia says:

        I thought she was going to be Porkie Pig…

      • fastmovingcloud says:

        I agree that Melissa should continue as Spicer but Rose was not planning to take over that role. She will be terrific as the racist, misogynistic real resident of the Oval Office, Steve Bannon. But I disagree that Rosie is irrelevant. She is perfect to add to these sketches because she gets in Trumplethinskins craw like no other person on the planet. He is going to completely lose his shizzle. :)

    • DarkDefender says:

      Nah… Bannon is not that good looking. They’d know she was a fake.
      Makes me wonder why DJT keeps Bannon around, he has to remind him of Rosie, right?

    • fastmovingcloud says:

      Almost. Her nose isn’t red and boozy enough and the rest of her face needs to be blotched up a little more but, otherwise, it’s uncanny!

    • Katnea says:

      Naaaah, Rosie would need to transform her nose into a ruddy bulbous Gin blossom nose. She would also need numerous spider veins, multiple crusty brown barnacles around her hairline, and lastly, she would require red rimmed droopy top and lower eyelids. Btw- I have a hunch that the reason we don’t see much of Steve Bannon, is because he is a controlled alcoholic. I think Bannon finds it really difficult to go for an extended amount of time without having a swig or two of alcohol per hour. I could of course be wrong? But on the other hand, I highly doubt it. And speaking of hands, I wonder if he can keep both of his hands steady? (Shrug)

  2. Jill says:

    She looks more like Louie Anderson than Steve Bannon. Eric Stonestreet should be doing this.

  3. Raul Jimenez says:

    Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer was hilarious and inspired. Christine Baranski as Betsy DeVos could be equally good. But Rosie O’Donnell is a bitter has-been who is not funny but mean-spirited and SNL should not allow her to stink up the joint.

    • Mary says:

      If you feel that way she actually might be perfect because Bannon is 1000% mean-spirited and he definitely should not be allowed to stink up the White House.

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      • Jt says:

        You liberals crack me up with the way you lob personal insults and mock the physical appearance of the people you disagree with, then think you have some moral superiority somehow. Behaving that way might make you feel good when talking to other like minded people, but it’s also the attitude that turned off so many folks and helped get Trump elected in the first place.

  4. Jessie says:

    Wow, just how desperate is she to get a gig? If you have to keep begging and not getting very much interest, try to show some dignity and let it go. Pretty sad…..

  5. WLee says:

    Yes she looks like The Grim Reaper “Bannon” but I hope SNL doesnt go overboard with all the surprise unannounced guest stars. SNL is the “go to” show right now to spotlight the wack show thats going on with this POTUS and his administration but they have to give their own very talented cast a job to shine with this comedy pot of gold that the Trump administration is giving them. Melissa McCarthy “Spicer” was legendary but if they let everyone and their brother play these guys I think they will eventually lose the essence of the show. Afterall its the NOT for Primetime Players remember?

    • Tammy says:

      One episode with an all female cast doing the White House would be priceless. Besides being historic for the traditionally male dominated SNL…. it trolls Trump. Not something to do week in and week out.

  6. Raven says:

    Love it! Give her a chance it will make Mr T insane!! :)

  7. drb999 says:

    Oh, man…Trumpie the Orange Clown President is sure to fire off a tweetstorm after this airs. Trump is going to give SNL a lot of good material in the next four years.

  8. I think the grim reaper should have Trump on his lap with the grim reaper comforting him saying “There now who’s a big boy” and Trump says “I’m a big boy” Then the reaper rips off his mask and it’s bannon, aka Rosie O’Donnell Saying “Live from NY it’s SNL….There is a cartoon like this but bannon is cartooned as bannon not the grim reaper.

  9. texmike says:

    Please keep that talent-less pig off of SNL.

  10. Tammy says:

    She is good friends with Alec Baldwin too.

  11. The Beach says:

    I really want to see Leslie Jordan play Jeff Sessions. He would be perfect… the stature, the southern accent and he wouldn’t even need a make-over. Do it SNL.

  12. AngelWasHere says:

    She doesn’t really look like him, but maybe could pull it off with some straggly grey hair and makeup. I think John Goodman would be a better choice.

  13. DarkDefender says:

    Dream casting:
    Wiig as KAC
    Alec as DJT
    Melissa as Spicer (she really nailed it)
    John Goodman as Bannon
    Leslie Jordan as Sessions
    Sofia Viagara as Melania (but stays silent)
    McKinnon as HRC
    Will Ferrell could soften his Janet Reno and do Elizabeth Warren
    Larry D as Bernie

  14. Barbara says:

    Yes, Yes, Yes Rosie Odonnell as Steve Bannon

  15. Kim says:

    I like the idea of Steve being played as the Grim Reaper. Don’t give that racist narcissist any real face time.

  16. Bye Felicia says:

    I was thinking she would come on as Porkie Pig… Sigh

  17. Brian says:

    We can all see that’s a composite right? A fake pic… but one doing the rounds and that’s good thing. Stand by for a 3am tweet

  18. Richard says:

    Rosie, let him have it! Trump’s shameful and evil attitude toward women should be vehemently challenged. Having women play men in his pathetic cabinet will be another example of how the American public disdains his character and his lack of manhood and loves getting under his thin skin.

  19. They should also transform her into Miss Piggy. Looks more like her.

  20. CJKatl says:

    This was sad when Sean Young did it. (look it up kids) Like Young, Rosie is obviously ill. The gag was funny when MM did it. Rosie trying to copy the gag is pathetic.

  21. Joan says:

    She will need some Gin Blossoms and a bulbous nose, but I totally would love to see her do it. It would drive DT over the edge.

  22. Mary says:

    If true, I am on board just for the fact that having Women portray his less than stellar cabinet will drive him even more insane.

  23. Jim says:

    I don’t get it…She looks exactly like she always does

  24. awnb95 says:

    Why not just leave the job of playing these people to the current or former cast members or at least the host of the week.

  25. pickles says:

    Rosie is crazier than Bannon.

  26. LaDonna says:

    OH, SNL! Please go there!

  27. What Is Happening? says:

    Satire only works when there is material to pull from. Spicer was easy. He’s on TV daily, his incompetent press conferences go viral, the gum thing, his meltdown, etc. This is great stuff made greater by McCarthy. No on does a Steve Bannon impression yet because he is deliberately working behind the scenes, doing his puppet master thing. There are no public gaffs to mock. Just looking like someone isn’t an impression. Baldwin studied Trump, and Trump makes it easy. Who the heck knows Bannon’s mannerisms are like? Let it happen organically.

  28. Howard says:

    This too Separated at Birth

  29. Howard says:

    This is too separated at birth!

  30. Sue says:

    Please please please please please go there SNL!!!!

  31. AnonTVAddict says:

    She looks more like Louie Anderson than Steve Bannon

  32. Priscilla A Carr says:

    Please let Rosie do Steve Bannon she would be amazing such a talented comedian-love her

  33. Song4Ten says:

    She looks more like Louie Anderson.

  34. C'mon Lorne says:

    Please, please, please have her give it to Donald. Donald saying to Rosie (Bannon) ‘Please sir may I have another’ would be perfectly hilarious.

  35. I guess when you get fired from everything else, and you are a fat woman who looks like a man, and have lesbian children committing suicide, shamelessly pimping yourself as a man for a two minute gig every week or two is your only option. Be happy liberals, you made your own bed…

  36. Hubie Martello says:

    I’ve been watching SNL since it’s beginnings. Personally it pulled me thru the lows of Vietnam Nam. Today’s rendition of SNL is every bit as entertaining as back then. I think Rosie would do a great job of playing the role of “Brightbart” Bannon. It would make 45 so angry. Rosie is 45’s sworn enemy. What a gift for SNL! Think of all the material she will cause 45 to give to the SNL writers.! The material is weekly now but Rosie would make it endless for the next 4 years. IMHO.