SNL Cast Members 'Sobbed' Over Trump Victory, Had No Idea What to Write

Hillary Clinton greets crying supporter after giving concession speech, Nov. 9, 2016 / AP
May 15, 2017

It won't surprise observers of "Saturday Night Live" to learn its liberal cast took the results of the 2016 presidential election hard.

The cast members of the long-running NBC sketch show told the Hollywood Reporter they sobbed and did not know what to write in the aftermath of Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.

Cecily Strong said she saw Clinton portrayer Kate McKinnon and they cried together over the loss. Both Strong and McKinnon were strong Clinton supporters during the campaign.

"I saw Kate in the hallway, and we hugged and sobbed," she said.

"The day after the election got extremely sad and very disorienting," said "Weekend Update" anchor Colin Jost. "People didn't know what to write. No one was feeling very funny."

Indeed, the cold open of the show the Saturday after Trump's victory was a dead-serious rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," performed by McKinnon's Hillary Clinton. After she finished playing, she turned to the crowd with tears in her eyes and said, "I'm not giving up, and neither should you. And live from New York, it's Saturday Night."

Clinton supporter Lena Dunham tweeted it was "the most beautiful thing ever to happen ever."

The cast members are not crying over the ratings they are getting from lampooning Trump's tumultuous administration, however. Popular portrayals like Melissa McCarthy's angry spokesman Sean Spicer and McKinnon's unhinged Kellyanne Conway, along with Alec Baldwin's Trump, have the show at its highest point in decades.