“Saturday Night Live” was doomed, according to comedian Rob Schneider, when Kate McKinnon sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as Hillary Clinton during the cold open of the show’s first episode following the 2016 presidential election (via Mediaite).
During the 2016 campaign season, McKinnon mocked Clinton in a variety of ways, “I literally prayed, ‘Please have a joke at the end. Don’t do this. Please don’t go down there.’ And there was no joke at the end, and I went, ‘It’s over. It’s over. It’s not going to come back.’” Schneider said. “I hate to crap on my old show.”
“Saturday Night Live” and other late-night talk series, according to Schneider, “You can take the comedic indoctrination process happening with each of the late-night hosts, and you could exchange them with each other. That’s how you know it’s not interesting anymore.” their viewers, adding, “indoctrinating”.
McKinnon, who spoke to Esquire magazine earlier this year about the “Hallelujah” cover, stated that the track is “the most beautiful song ever written, one of my top three songs of all time my whole life.” McKinnon said that performing the Leonard Cohen song as Hillary Clinton gave her new perspective on the songwriter’s lyrics. The comedian has won two Emmys for supporting actress in a comedy series thanks to her work on “SNL” and is currently up for a third award.
“I’d always understood ‘Hallelujah’ in the context of a romantic relationship, as had most of us,” McKinnon said And then there’s this line — in the midst of such high drama for everyone across the nation, when no matter what side you were on it was a moment of surprise and intense feeling – I saw it in a new light at that moment. It’s all about love, and how difficult yet worthwhile it is. I realized that it was the love of America that I was feeling. The idea that all people are created equal is stunning, but enacting it has been a long and difficult process. We’re still striving to get it right. Though travel is difficult, it is always worth the effort in the end.”
Schneider began his journey on “Saturday Night Live” as a writer in 1988 and became part of the cast two years later. He remained with the show for four seasons before moving on.
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