Suspended SNL Writer Returns To Show (Photos)

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A writer for the NBC late-night comedy show "Saturday Night Live" returned to work after she was suspended for making a joke about first son Barron Trump.

Katie Rich, a writer for SNL, tweeted: "Barron Trump will be this country's first homeschool shooter," during President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony, quickly drawing sharp rebuke from across social media. Barron was 10 years old when Rich posted the Tweet.

According to The New York Times, Rich deactivated her Twitter account before re-emerging to issue an apology as her suspension from the show took hold.

"I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry," she wrote.

Rich was hired to write for the sketch comedy show in 2013 and was involved in several other Trump pieces before her suspension. She was criticized for her tweet by both Democrats and Republicans, with many Trump opponents coming to Barron's aid.

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"Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid," wrote former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who knows first-hand what it's like to grow up in the White House. "Standing up for every kid also means opposing POTUS policies that hurt kids."

But now it appears Rich's suspension from the show has ended. According to Vulture, Rich was given a writing credit on an Aug. 10 episode of "Weekend Update: Summer Edition." It was Rich's first writing credit since she was suspended in January.

"Saturday Night Live" is currently on hiatus for the summer, producing half-hour episodes of its "Weekend Update" as a buffer before it returns for another season in fall. The show stopped production entirely during June and July and is now slowly working its way to a full return with its "Weekend Update."

"I do regret certain things we are going to miss," said SNL sketch writer and actor Colin Jost to CNN. "But I'm guessing if I know anything about the guy who is president right now, I feel like there will be more stuff that comes up by the time we come back."

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"Saturday Night Live" is one of the longest-running shows in TV history, with 41 seasons under its belt and no signs of stopping. A few of the regular comedians from the show, particularly Bobby Moynihan and Melissa Bayer, have stepped away to pursue other projects.

Moynihan stayed with the show for nine years, two years beyond the traditional seven-year contract, according to Romper.

Sources: The New York Times, CNN, Vulture, Romper / Featured Image: Gareth Simpson/Flickr / Embedded Images: AP via Fox News, Getty Images via The New York Times

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