Alec Baldwin’s decision to stop playing Donald Trump on ‘SNL’ helps his Emmy chances

Alec Baldwin may have reached his limit at playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” just in time, at least when it comes to his Emmy chances. He has already portrayed the president on “SNL” 10 times this season, with his most recent stint being on the Feb. 4 edition hosted by Kristen Stewart. Assuming the show does its standard 21 episodes this season and Baldwin makes no more appearances, he will fall just below the 50% benchmark that would have shifted him from the guest actor to the supporting category at the Emmy Awards.

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It is important to submit at the Emmys in the right race. Remember what happened to Peter MacNicol last year. He was nominated as Best Comedy Guest Actor for “Veep” but Gold Derby noticed that he’s appeared in one too many episodes to be eligible in that category. MacNicol’s nomination was rescinded and given instead to Peter Scolari for “Girls,” who went on to win the award for playing Lena Dunham’s father on the HBO laffer.

Appearing on “Extra” to talk about no longer playing Trump, Baldwin explained, “His policies aside, which you can hate, I thought he would have just relaxed. The maliciousness of this White House has people worried, which is why I’m not going to do it much longer, the impersonation. I don’t know how much more people can take it.”

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Waiting in the wings to play the president is “SNL” announcer Darrell Hammond. This one-time cast member had made merry with The Donald in years past but was passed over for reprising the role this season in favor of Baldwin. Turns out that Tina Fey, who had worked with both men, made the suggestion to “SNL” executive Lorne Michaels who ran with the idea.

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