Saturday Night Live's opening sketch for its 42nd season finale echoed the November 12 episode when Kate McKinnon, as failed candidate Hillary Clinton, performed an emotional version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Only this time, the show was saying a possible farewell to President Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin during the season finale, uncertain if Trump would still occupy the Oval Office when the show returns in the fall.
The sketch opened with Baldwin as Trump mournfully crooning Cohen's anthem at a grand piano. As the song progressed, cast members dressed as Trump's family members and most-trusted advisors, including Scarlett Johansson as daughter Ivanka.
"I'm not giving up because I didn't do anything wrong," Trump concluded, "But I can't speak for these people," he said, signaling to the people gathered around the piano.
But what if Trump is still in office in the fall?
"Look, I'd love to keep doing this per my availability," Baldwin recently told The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), "but I have other things I'm going to do, so I guess we'll figure it out."
Two Saturday Night Live actors, however, definitely will not return for season 43. Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer are retiring from the show (opens in new tab).
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