Murray, Armisen Return to 'SNL' as Bannon, Wolff


The new year started with some old faces.

“Saturday Night Live” alumni Bill Murray and Fred Armisen returned to play Trump surrogate Steve Bannon and author Michael Wolff for the cold open, a spoof version of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Armisen played Wolff, author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which the Trump administration has called “fiction” and “full of lies.” Some have called out the real Wolff for factual errors in the book. 

When questioned on the veracity of “Fire and Fury,” Armisen’s Wolff responded, “You got the gist, so shut up. You know, even the stuff that’s not true? It’s true.”

After “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, played by Alex Moffat, introduced Bannon, Murray slid off the Grim Reaper hood and declared the “Bannon dynasty is dawning.”

The real Bannon stepped down at Breitbart News after his explosive comments about President Donald Trump’s children were published in Wolff’s book. Trump was livid about the remarks in “Fire and Fury,” sources told the Associated Press.  

When asked if he would re-enter politics, Murray’s Bannon said, “I convinced this country to elect Donald and I can do it again.”

“I am auditioning candidates: Logan Paul, Martin Shkreli, the Subway guy Jared Fogle — he’s back, he’s electable,” he said. “It’s time for America to slide down the Bannon-ster.”

As “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, played by Kate McKinnon, lamented there was no one who could save the country, Oprah Winfrey, played by Leslie Jones, called into the show to discuss a possible presidential run in 2020.

The real Winfrey caused buzz for a potential run after delivering a powerful speech at the 2018 Golden Globes, calling for “a brighter morning even in our darkest nights.”

“I’m a celebrity so I’m qualified,” she said. “There’s only one job in the world more powerful than being president — being Oprah.” 

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