Rosie O'Donnell Is Definitely Not Going to Play Steve Bannon on 'SNL'

The Grim Reaper gets to keep his job.

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Potentially the only piece of good news for Donald Trump this week (opens in new tab): his longtime nemesis (opens in new tab) Rosie O'Donnell will not play his chief strategist (opens in new tab) Steve Bannon (opens in new tab) on Saturday Night Live.

Following Melissa McCarthy's first appearance (opens in new tab) as White House secretary Sean Spicer, and subsequent reports that seeing women portray his staff made Trump particularly uncomfortable, many suggested that O'Donnell should portray Bannon (opens in new tab). O'Donnell fueled the speculation by confirming that she would take the role if it were offered, and changing her Twitter profile picture to a Photoshopped blend of herself and Bannon.

But sadly, that image is as far as it's going to go. "That was the whole impression, the Photoshop—that was it, start to finish," O'Donnell told TMZ (opens in new tab). Asked why SNL chose not to have her appear, she replied "Because I'm not in the cast."

Sad times, but at least the Grim Reaper gets to keep his job:

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Emma Dibdin is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles who writes about culture, mental health, and true crime. She loves owls, hates cilantro, and can find the queer subtext in literally anything.