Taran Killam Says Lorne Michaels Pressured The SNL Writers Into Making Trump ‘Likable’ During His Candidacy

In an interview on Earwolf‰Ûªs I Was There Too podcast hosted by Matt Gourley, former Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam described how show creator Loren Michaels pressured SNL writers to steer clear of vilifying Donald Trump during his presidential campaign‰ÛÓeven urging the writers to “find a way in that makes him likable.”

As transcribed by Vulture, this is what Killam said regarding Michaels:

Lorne was being so specific about what we could and couldn‰Ûªt say about him, and he was dictating a lot of the settings. At that point ‰ÛÓ the first CNN interview he was doing ‰ÛÓ and that was sort of looking like what we thought we were going to do, and Lorne‰Ûªs like, ‰Û÷It‰Ûªll be too old news by then, and you know, you don‰Ûªt want to vilify him. You know, he‰Ûªs like any New York taxi driver. I know him, I‰Ûªve seen him around at parties for years and years, and he just says whatever it is he‰Ûªs thinking, and that‰Ûªs his thing. But you know, you have to find a way in that makes him likable.‰Ûª

Fans of the show were none too happy about the claim:

Though not everyone was surprised:

And still others weren’t buying Killam’s claim:

You can check out the full podcast here.

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