A U.S. congressman is focused on convincing NBC to pull the plug on GOP presidential contender Donald Trump’s upcoming stint as host of the network’s “Saturday Night Live.”
B&C reports that Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., sent a letter to NBC and parent company Comcast calling the “SNL” casting of Trump a “huge corporate blunder.”
Gutierrez planned to speak today on the floor of the House about his effort to get Trump removed from the spot on the Nov. 7 broadcast.
Gutierrez sent the letter to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBCU President Stephen Burke. In it he underscored the point that many of Trump’s critics have made about Trump labeling Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals.
Gutierrez noted that NBC initially responded to the Trump controversy by severing ties with Trump.
He added: “Three months later, because he is a ratings and comedy bonanza, Lorne Michaels and ‘Saturday Night Live’ (‘SNL’) are giving the Trump campaign 90 minutes of free network airtime. I think I speak for a lot of Americans, especially immigrant Americans and Latino Americans, when I say that if ‘SNL’ is allowed to proceed, it would be a huge corporate blunder.”