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Trump Predicts End Of 'Saturday Night Live,' Ratings Up

| by Michael Allen

President-elect Donald Trump has spent a great deal of time attacking "Saturday Night Live," but he went one step further on Dec. 7 by predicting the possible end of NBC's 41-year-old comedy sketch show.

Trump told NBC's "Today" show that "SNL" was good back when he hosted the variety series in November 2015, but that it might soon be canceled, notes Reuters:

I hosted "SNL" when it was a good show, but it's not a good show anymore. First of all, nothing to do with me, there's nothing funny about it. The skits are terrible.

Frankly, the way the show is going now, if you look at the kind of work they're doing, who knows how long that show's going to be on. It's a terrible show.

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NBC says the ratings for the show have jumped 33 percent since Alec Baldwin started impersonating Trump in October, with an average of 11.4 million viewers. The show's ratings have not been this good since 1992 when SNL had a powerhouse cast that included Dana Carvey, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Julie Sweeney, Phil Hartman and David Spade.

One of the current viewers of "SNL" is Trump himself who often tweets how much he doesn't like it.

Trump told "Today" that Baldwin's impression of him was "really mean-spirited and not very good," and added: "I do like him and I like him as an actor, but I don't think his imitation of me gets me at all."

Baldwin recently tweeted to Trump: "Release your tax returns and I'll stop. Ha."

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The actor talked about his Trump impression with the Spanish-language magazine Hola!, which was translated by ET:

I'm glad people find it funny. But at the same time, I think people were very worried about the election. Both sides are very passionate, so it's been a very, very difficult time in this country.

I haven't felt like this in a long, long time. There are bad feelings on both sides, so to have the opportunity to give people a chance to talk and laugh about it is a good thing.

Sources: Reuters, ET / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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