According to former “SNL” star Seth Meyers, who returned to host NBC’s Emmy-winning late night staple for the first time on October 13, West was involved in a 2007 sketch about how he got a kick out of interrupting various awards shows, from the Kids Choice Awards to the Nobel Prize to a state fair. But as Meyers revealed in his monologue (watch above), “That sketch was in 2007 and he interrupted Taylor Swift in 2009.”
As the audience reacted in shocked laughter, Meyers explained, “That whole time I was telling you that story, you thought it was based on him interrupting Taylor Swift. That hadn’t happened yet. Kanye did a sketch about how crazy it was he interrupted speeches and then two years later he was at an awards show and thought, ‘I should do it again.’ So when people say, ‘Are you surprised Kanye supports Donald Trump?’ I say no.”
“SNL” made fun of West’s Oval Office meeting with President Trump during its cold open, with Chris Redd playing an absent-minded West and Alec Baldwin returning for the first time in Season 44 to portray Trump. Baldwin won an Emmy Award in 2017 for his bombastic Trump performance and was nominated again this year, losing to Henry Winkler (“Barry”).
This marks the third week in a row that West has been a topic of conversation on “Saturday Night Live.” In the season premiere he served as the show’s musical guest and performed “I Love It” dressed as a water bottle. At the end of that episode he wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and expressed his admiration for POTUS. Then last week Awkwafina hosted and took a swipe at West during her monologue, saying that she was going to come out dressed as a water bottle, but “Apparently someone did that last week.”
“Saturday Night Live” is coming off a triumphant year at the Emmys, winning Best Variety Sketch Series for the second year in a row (and third overall) and extending its all-time record haul to 72, the most of any program. Among the show’s wins this year, Tiffany Haddish took home Best Comedy Guest Actress and Don Roy King ran off with Best Variety Directing.