Yes, Alec Baldwin Will Be Back to Mock Trump on the S.N.L. Premiere

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Well, we’re still stuck in a Donald Trump presidency, but at least that means more Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live. The actor appeared on Wednesday’s episode of Ellen to promote You Can’t Spell America Without Me, his parody memoir of the president’s first 100 days in office—so of course Ellen DeGeneres asked him the question on all of his fans’ minds: when would he be back on the venerated sketch show? Thankfully, the wait won’t be too long: Baldwin said he’ll strap on his Trump wig and pancake makeup in just a few weeks.

“The season premiere is September 30, and I’m going to do that,” Baldwin told DeGeneres. “I’m going to do a couple of them . . . We’re going to do it until—nevermind.”

Like the actor’s apparent hope for an impeachment, Baldwin’s imminent return to Saturday Night Live is hardly a surprise. Though he has waffled a bit about how long he will keep returning to Studio 8H to play Trump, his turn as the president last season earned him an Emmy nomination for best-supporting actor in a comedy series—one of several nods for S.N.L. this year—and, obviously, the book deal that got him on Ellen in the first place. The role has also, apparently, given the actor one more way to bond with his young daughter; as seen in an adorable video DeGeneres showed her audience, he’s been teaching her the art of the Trump impression. Perhaps he can teach DeGeneres next—because, as the comedian admits, she can’t do a Trump impression to save her life.

Thanks to Baldwin’s busy schedule, he’ll reportedly appear this season less frequently than he did last year. But at least we know that when the show returns this month, Baldwin will be back as well.

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Portraits of Gilda Radner as Baba Wawa and John Belushi as Samurai Futaba, hand tinted by S.N.L.’s longtime photographer, Edie Baskin.

Photo: By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Dan Aykroyd takes a call backstage while dressed as Beldar Conehead.

Dan Aykroyd takes a call backstage while dressed as Beldar Conehead.

Photo: By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Chevy Chase in a wig and prosthetic nose, 1977.

Chevy Chase in a wig and prosthetic nose, 1977.

Photo: By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Land Shark takes a bite out of John Belushi while Gilda Radner sits idly by.

Land Shark takes a bite out of John Belushi while Gilda Radner sits idly by.

Photo: By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Playing politics: Alec Baldwin, Sarah Palin, and Lorne Michaels backstage with Tina Fey as Palin on the monitor. Amy Poehler and Hillary Clinton, 2008.

Playing politics: Alec Baldwin, Sarah Palin, and Lorne Michaels backstage with Tina Fey as Palin on the monitor. Amy Poehler and Hillary Clinton, 2008.

Photo: By Dana Edelson/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Barack Obama makes a cameo at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Halloween party, 2007.

Barack Obama makes a cameo at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Halloween party, 2007.

Photo: By Dana Edelson/Courtesy of S.N.L.

*Saturday Night Live: The Book* (Taschen), out February 25.

Saturday Night Live: The Book (Taschen), out February 25.

Photo: Courtesy of S.N.L.

Portraits of Gilda Radner as Baba Wawa and John Belushi as Samurai Futaba, hand tinted by S.N.L.’s longtime photographer, Edie Baskin.

By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Dan Aykroyd takes a call backstage while dressed as Beldar Conehead.

By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Chevy Chase in a wig and prosthetic nose, 1977.

By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Land Shark takes a bite out of John Belushi while Gilda Radner sits idly by.

By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

“Nerds” Bill Murray and Gilda Radner take in the view, 1978.

By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Writer Erin Maroney, Chris Farley, Ryan Shiraki, and Billy Baldwin backstage during the 1990s.

By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

The fabled “van down by the river,” home of iconic motivational speaker Matt Foley, played by Chris Farley.

By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Party time! Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, coming to you live from Aurora, Illinois’s community access channel.

By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Inside the writers’ room: Executive producer Lorne Michaels sits at the head of the table, the host to his right, and the head writer to his left.

By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Will Ferrell as Harry Hugs for the sketch “Happy Smile Patrol,” 1999.

By Mary Ellen Matthews/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Thank you for smoking: Tracy Morgan observing workplace smoking regulations.

By Edie Baskin/Courtesy of S.N.L.

In the makeup chair: Garrett Morris as Idi Amin, Fred Armisen as Prince, and Dana Carvey as George Michael.

From left: by Edie Baskin, Mary Ellen Matthews, and Suzy M. Drasnin. Courtesy of S.N.L.

Face off: Special-effects experts rig busts of Kenan Thompson, Nasim Pedrad, and Bobby Moynihan with explosives.

By Alison Castle/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Photographer Mary Ellen Matthews shooting Will Ferrell ahead of his second stint as host.

By Dana Edelson/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Behind the scenes of “Laser Cats 7” in Lorne Michael’s office, with Steven Spielberg, Bill Hader, and Andy Samberg.

By Dana Edelson/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler at the “Weekend Update” desk during rehearsals, 2004.

By Mary Ellen Matthews/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Bob Dole and Norm MacDonald as Bob Dole, shortly after the 1996 election.

By Mary Ellen Matthews/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Playing politics: Alec Baldwin, Sarah Palin, and Lorne Michaels backstage with Tina Fey as Palin on the monitor. Amy Poehler and Hillary Clinton, 2008.

By Dana Edelson/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Barack Obama makes a cameo at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Halloween party, 2007.

By Dana Edelson/Courtesy of S.N.L.

Saturday Night Live: The Book (Taschen), out February 25.

Courtesy of S.N.L.



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