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Taran Killam Says Lorne Michaels Pressured The SNL Writers Into Making Trump 'Likable' During His Candidacy

By Vanessa Nix Anthony

In an interview on Earwolf’s I Was There Too podcast hosted by Matt Gourley, former Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam described how show creator Loren Michaels pressured SNL writers to steer clear of vilifying Donald Trump during his presidential campaign—even urging the writers to "find a way in that makes him likable."

As transcribed by Vulture, this is what Killam said regarding Michaels:

Lorne was being so specific about what we could and couldn’t say about him, and he was dictating a lot of the settings. At that point — the first CNN interview he was doing — and that was sort of looking like what we thought we were going to do, and Lorne’s like, ‘It’ll be too old news by then, and you know, you don’t want to vilify him. You know, he’s like any New York taxi driver. I know him, I’ve seen him around at parties for years and years, and he just says whatever it is he’s thinking, and that’s his thing. But you know, you have to find a way in that makes him likable.’

Fans of the show were none too happy about the claim: