(HorizonPost.com) – Former “Saturday Night Live” star Cecily Strong was supposed to appear in last Saturday’s cold open sketch about the House hearings on antisemitism on university campuses but backed out at the last minute after becoming “uncomfortable” with the sketch, the New York Post reported.
Strong, who left SNL in 2022, was supposed to guest star as New York Republican Rep. Elise Stafanik in the widely panned sketch, but according to a source, during dress rehearsal, she reportedly had a change of heart and backed out. SNL’s new cast member Chloe Troast stepped in and played Stefanik instead.
The sketch, which mocked the Republican members of Congress over their questions to the presidents of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was widely criticized on social media and in some news outlets for being largely unfunny.
In the sketch, Troast’s version of Elise Stefanik declared that hate speech did not belong on college campuses but in Congress, on Twitter, and “in public speeches by my work husband, Donald Trump.”
Troast’s Instagram account was hammered by commenters, blasting her for her portrayal of Stefanik and accusing her of showing more anger toward Republicans than she did toward antisemitism.
Former co-host of “The View” Meghan McCain blasted Saturday Night Live for thinking antisemitism is “hilarious” while antisemitic hate crimes have increased by 400 percent since the October 7 attacks in Israel.
In a statement to the New York Post, Rep. Stefanik’s senior advisor Alex DeGrasse said the congresswoman’s office was “flooded with messages” from Americans “appalled and disgusted” by Saturday Night Live’s “unfunny, morally bankrupt ‘comedians.’”
DeGrasse called Saturday’s sketch “the worst cold open” in SNL’s history and said there was nothing funny about university presidents failing to “condemn calls for the genocide of the Jewish people.”
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