Donald Trump 'rejected invitation to appear on Saturday Night Live'

Alec Baldwin has said that Saturday Night Live invited Donald Trump to return to the show but that he declined.

When Trump hosted the show as a presidential candidate in 2015, "Saturday Night Live" drew 9.3 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, delivering what was at the time the most watched episode of the show since 2013. It's clear that SNL is not a supporter, but shockingly, it seems they have asked Trump to appear on the sketch comedy show this year!

Baldwin has been saying since March that he probably won't do Trump on SNL for much longer, but in 2014 he said that he wasn't going to do any unpaid, non-acting parts of showbiz anymore, such as sitting for interviews with Extra, so don't be surprised if he's back next season. "We invited him to come, we were so hopeful he would come, but he didn't show up", Baldwin said. However, Baldwin explains as he was walking into position before heading on stage he recalled the iconic look Trump gives - "left eyebrow up, right eyebrow down, put your mouth out like this", and bam, there he was.

SNL chief Lorne Michaels had been after him to take the role but Baldwin began playing the president-elect, then president, only after a movie project fell through and he had time on his hands.

Baldwin told DeGeneres that he was initially reluctant to do the impersonation.

"We had three kids in three years", he boasted before deadpanning, "What do you want me to say?" That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life. "'No one wants to be Trump or play him on a show'".

During his appearance, Baldwin also played a round of "5 Second Rule" with a member of the studio audience.

  • Salvatore Jensen