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Trump gives himself high marks for ‘SNL’ hosting gig | One Herald
Home / Entertainment / Trump gives himself high marks for ‘SNL’ hosting gig

Trump gives himself high marks for ‘SNL’ hosting gig

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 1:08 PM

Donald Trump hosted the Nov. 7 episode of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live."NBC

Donald Trump hosted the Nov. 7 episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

It’s no longer Saturday night, but Donald Trump is still feeling alive.

The bombastic billionaire took a victory lap Sunday just hours after appearing on “Saturday Night Live” the previous evening, predictably giving himself high marks for his hosting gig.

“It was very well received and probably got very good ratings, who knows,” the bombastic billionaire said on CNN’s “State of the Union” during a morning show blitz that included appearances on four programs.

Trump, whose appearance on “SNL” had been protested by numerous Latino groups, also defended making light of his reputation for being racist during several sketches on “SNL,” saying that he was “not only comfortable” poking fun at his infamy, but “loved it.”

During Trump’s monologue, the outspoken mogul was interrupted by an off-screen heckler who turned out to be comedian Larry David — a scripted exchange that poked fun at Trump’s reputation among certain groups for being bigoted.

“Larry, what are you doing?” Trump asked during the monologue.

“I heard if I yelled that they’d give me $ 5,000,” David said with a shrug, echoing an offer made by one of the groups protesting Trump’s appearance.

Sasha Murphy, of the ANSWER Coalition, leads demonstrators in a chant during a protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's hosting "Saturday Night Live."Patrick Sison/AP

Sasha Murphy, of the ANSWER Coalition, leads demonstrators in a chant during a protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s hosting “Saturday Night Live.”

“As a businessman,” Trump responded, “I can fully respect that.”

In the hours leading up to and during the “SNL” taping Saturday, dozens of people demonstrated outside NBC’s Rockefeller Center studios, protesting the network’s decision to give a platform to the Republican front-runner known for his heated comments on illegal immigration.

Nevertheless, Trump’s highly anticipated gig on Saturday’s episode ended up garnering the 40-year-old comedy show its highest overnight ratings since 2012.

SNL had a 6.6 household rating on Saturday, according to preliminary Nielsen data, beating this season’s previous high — the season premiere hosted by Miley Cyrus during which Hillary Clinton made an appearance.

Saturday’s show also included Trump in a sketch comically imagining what his life as President would look like and an imitation of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video that featured the candidate performing embarrassing dance moves.

On Sunday, however, Trump not only praised his own comedic timing, but also returned to campaign form, taking aim at Ben Carson — his main competition for the GOP nomination at the moment.

“I feel badly for Ben, I’ve gotten to like Ben, it’s a tough thing,” Trump said about an emerging scandal encompassing the retired neurosurgeon’s campaign. “He is going to have to explain a lot of things away, (like) the scholarship situation.”

Carson has come under fire for lying about earning a prestigious scholarship to West Point as a young man.

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