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After a hiatus from Adam Sandler’s multiverse of Netflix movies and civil rights hero John Lewis’ speech on Martin Luther King Jr., comedian and The Hot Chick star Rob Schneider has decided to join the ongoing online argument: Is Saturday Night Live quits good more?
In a recent interview on Glenn Beck’s podcast (via Mediaite), the SNL graduate believed the late-night sketch show ended after Kate McKinnon Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as Hillary Clinton during the Cold Open of the first episode after the 2016 presidential elections.
“I hate shitting on my old show,” Schneider said. “I literally prayed, ‘Please make a joke at the end. Do not do that. Please don’t go down there.’ And at the end there was no joke, and I said, ‘It’s over. It’s over. It’s not coming back.’”
Not only does Schneider believe SNL doesn’t offer high-profile comedy like it did in the good old days, but he continued to label the long-running series and other late-night talk shows as “indoctrinating” viewers, saying, “You can take the comedic indoctrination process that.” with each of the late night hosts, and you could trade them with each other. That’s how you know it’s not interesting anymore.”
Schneider’s history of disliking SNL’s political portrayals isn’t anything super new, as the actor claimed in a 2018 interview with the Daily News that the show was too obviously “showing its cards” with Donald Trump’s presidency.
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“The fun thing about Saturday Night Live has always been that you never knew which direction they were leaning politically,” Schneider said. “They sort of assumed they were leaning more to the left and more liberal, but now the cat is out of the bag, they’re completely anti-Trump, which I think makes it less interesting because you know which direction the piece is going goes.”
All of this seems like high standing for a man who played great comedic characters like… Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo, and that unnamed bellhop in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. There’s also his role as The Annoying Guy Who Is Wrong, handed to him by John Oliver after an interview surfaced in which Schneider loudly (and falsely) claimed that government-mandated childhood vaccinations were “against the Nurembergers.” laws”.