‘SNL’ boss claims show skipped Weinstein mockery because it was too local

‘SNL’ boss claims show skipped Weinstein mockery because it was too local
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[Ed. – A New York thing? They really expect anyone to believe that?]

As NBC faces questions about why it turned away Ronan Farrow’s story on Harvey Weinstein, it’s worth taking a minute to ridicule the idea that NBC’s Saturday Night Live skipped over Harvey Weinstein last Saturday because, as SNL boss Lorne Michaels told the Daily Mail mocking Weinstein would be a “New York thing.” (Apparently, they tried a Weinstein joke in “Weekend Update” during rehearsal, but it was cut as not funny enough.)

New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff suggested that criticizing this was only a conservative thing: “The absence of any commentary about Mr. Weinstein opened up SNL to rebukes from conservative critics who said that the show was covering up for a prominent liberal.”

Was Lorne joking about it being too local? Shooting that down is the ultimate fish-in-a-barrel game. A quick Google search shows SNL featured ten sketches with Fred Armisen mocking legally blind New York Gov. David Paterson, with his character constantly mocking New Jersey. Nothing local there?

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