Donald Trump hosted “Saturday Night Live” on November 7, a year (and two days) before the presidential election. While it’s too early to tell if he’ll even make that race, we can cast an eye over his chances of finally winning an Emmy. After all, “SNL” has a solid history of hosts taking home TV’s top prize for their efforts. Do you think Trump will join that winner’s circle? Vote in our poll below.
Lets just hope if Trump does get nominated next summer and loses, he handles it better than he did last time he contended. “I got screwed out of an Emmy,” Trump said back in January referring back to the time when the breakout first season of “The Apprentice” lost Best Reality-Competition Series to “The Amazing Race” in 2004.
“Everybody thought I was gonna win it. In fact, when they announced the winner, I stood up before the winner was announced. And I started walking for the Emmy. And then they announced the most boring show on television, ‘The Amazing Race.’ Piece of crap.”
Trump first hosted “SNL” in April 2004, though he’s been a fixture on the program over the years thanks to Darrell Hammond and now Taran Killam portraying the reality host-turned-presidential candidate in sketches.
In his sophomore outing as emcee, Trump featured in the opening monologue, which was punctuated by a literal shout-out from Larry David — “Trump’s a racist” — as well as various sketches.
The first of these envisioned him as president with Cecily Strong a standout as his wife Melania. Strong has become a key player among the cast over the past three years and could well reap her first Emmy bid for turns such as this.
The second put Trump front and center as part of a funk band and, appropriately enough, left viewers in a funk. And another was a strike-out as well, with Trump talking to Toots Hibbert (Keenan Thompson), the reggae singer who had been the musical guest on Trump’s 2004 “SNL” episode.
Otherwise, Trump was in a uncharacteristic spot for him, off on the sidelines, “live Tweeting” a sketch he wasn’t in or introducing musical guest Sia.
Since the TV academy allowed “SNL” guest hosts to compete in the Comedy Guest Actor/Actress races in 2009, 20 such apperances have been nominated with six wins (see breakdown below). Will Trump be the next host to contend?
66th Emmys (2014)
Jimmy Fallon – winner
Louis C.K. – nominated
Tina Fey – nominated
Melissa McCarthy – nominated
67th Emmys (2015)
Louis C.K. – nominated
Bill Hader – nominated
Photo Credits: First – NBC. Second – MediaPunch/REX Shutterstock.