SNL Writer Reinstated Following Suspension Over Barron Trump Joke

Saturday Night Live has reportedly brought back writer Katie Rich, who was suspended in January following a questionable tweet about President Donald Trump’s son Barron.

Rich’s tweet, which was written in the days following Trump’s inauguration and has since been deleted, predicted that the then-10-year-old boy “will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” Rich subsequently took to Twitter on Jan. 23 to apologize for the “insensitive” and “inexcusable” joke:

NBC and the show have yet to officially comment on Rich’s reinstatement, but she was credited on Thursday’s premiere of Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Summer Edition (see image below). Prior to her suspension, Rich had been at SNL since Dec. 2013, writing exclusively for Update, per our sister site Deadline.

Was Rich’s initial apology sufficient enough, or should SNL have made her suspension permanent? Sound off in the comments below.

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35 Comments
  1. DL says:

    Seems legit. She apologized and basically had a six month suspension. I’m okay with her being back on board, as long as she shows better taste this time around.

  2. B says:

    Seems ok, but if she made a joke about the Obamas kids shooting them, she would be bagging groceries.

  3. Paul says:

    Ridiculous.
    But what do you expect from the loony left?

    • Darsan54 says:

      Unlike the “responsible, family-values Right” which hires and employs long term liars and sexual predators by Bill O’Reilly, Eric Bolling and Roger Ailes. And sanctions publicly confessed sexual predators like our POTUS.

      • DL says:

        Not to mention filling up every comment section on articles about the Obama daughters with abhorrent, frequently racist ad hominem attacks. I’m not sure why they’re not off limits when Trump’s son is. Oh wait, yes I am. Those girls have too much melanin, right? /sarcasm

        • DryHeat says:

          Or the fact that Drumpf himself led the Birther charge against their father, never caring about the damage that did to them & their family, in general.
          HYPOCRITES.

        • Bill says:

          Kind of like you guy s did with the Bush girls? Hypocrites

          • Patrick says:

            The left pointed out that they were dumb, alcohol fueled, party girls. Based on their behavior and statements. Not their race.
            .
            The right seems to think making fun of someone’s race, religion, or sexuality is the same as making fun of what someone said or does. It isn’t.

    • Temperance says:

      Not acting like the horrible, amoral right. So, yeah, she was treated fairly.

  4. Kelly says:

    Is she really reinstated? Or did the Weekend Update program just use a joke that she wrote in the past, so they had to credit her.

  5. Jameson says:

    Totally inexcusable. She should be fired and blackballed from the industry. No matter what you think of Trump, attacking his underage son is completely wrong. And making fun of violence, especially that involving youth, is horribly inappropriate.

    • Charissa29 says:

      It is inappropriate, but continuing to arm kids is totally fine. Sheesh

    • DryHeat says:

      Since he routinely trafficks in hate, Drumpf has no one to blame but himself.

      He didn’t care that he was hurting 2 children that had to falsely hear from Drumpf for years & years, over & over again that their father wasn’t born in this country…what goes around comes around.

    • John Corbae says:

      So, you are for Limbaugh being stripped of his radio show and assets earned from? Because I seem to remember him making some really cruel comments about Chelsea.

    • Temperance says:

      If you trot your kids out for political gain, they are fair game. If you are famous for your heinous, illegal nepotism, they’re fair game. Melania gets it;; Cheeto Mussolini doesn’t get it (like always).

  6. SU says:

    Got to love–“well, the other side attacked–so we can too” comments. NEITHER SIDE should be making comments or jokes about the families and children. NEITHER. Go to town on the political morons, I could care less, when you attack children or wives on either side of the spectrum, you are showing just how low YOU are. SMFH

  7. This is going to a turning point on SNL. Will they have to beef up security? This is not going to end well.

  8. Tomm Huntre says:

    Am I the only one that remembers when both GW’s and Obama’s kids were deemed off limits?? So why should this child be any different?? Oh, yeah, the elite Left is two faced and as bigoted as they claim the far Right is. Both extreme sides are wrong.

  9. Jo Bloane says:

    Reminds me when Fred Allen got sent to the bench during the Linit Bath Club Revue for suggesting that if FDR’s son Elliott played baseball for the Senators, his best position would be Left Out.

  10. Christine Popowich says:

    SNL has said similar things about other people over the years, glad she’s back!

    • SU says:

      Well, that’s interesting–care to repeat how many times 9 year old kids were made the target of SNL’s “similar things”? I guess picking on kids is your thing….

  11. George says:

    If you don’t like it, don’t watch the show. She’s clearly sufficiently talented that they’re willing to put up with a little drama. If the talent is ever less than the drama, out the door she goes.

    Presidents, and to a degree their families, have been and will continue to be the targets of comedy, unless we devolve into some kind of autocracy.

  12. D ew says:

    Her suspension (vacation) was way too long.
    Especially working for SnL (who’s jokes aren’t allways that great or tasteful).
    She should have been given a stern talking to, and a week off to think about what she had done.
    It’s not like she GAVE a gun to this Barron miget.