Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough hate-flirting and talking over their guests on “Morning Joe” was a welcome way to return from Saturday Night Live’s holiday hiatus, especially with a big reveal under the Steve Bannon Grim Reaper cloak.
Mika (Kate McKinnon) and Joe (Alex Moffat) made everyone as uncomfortable as ever with their wholly inappropriate double entendre and tone-deaf interview an with African-American studies expert (Chris Redd) who couldn’t get a word in edgewise.
But the real fire and fury, so to speak, came with SNL alum Fred Armisen’s surprise appearance as author Michael Wolff, whose explosive tell-all book Fire and Fury has had Washington tongues waggling over salacious – and possibly erroneous – details about the Trump White House.
What’s the best juicy tidbit the book left out, our hosts wanted to know? Probably the baby races.
“Trump would ask to have two babies placed in his office, usually of different ethnicities,” Armisen’s Wolff said, to Mika and Joe’s horror. “Someone would put a bowl of Goldfish crackers on the other side of the room, and Trump would say, ‘A thousand bucks on the black one.'”
At the criticism levied at the book for several blatant and easily correctible errors, Armisen shrugged.
“Even the stuff that’s not true – it’s true.”
The surprise guests didn’t end there.
Much was made in the past week over quotes in Wolff’s book by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon that defamed the Trump family. So who better to confront the author than Bannon himself?
Only this time, that shadowy figure reminiscent of Death – as SNL has portrayed Bannon since the election – finally removed the black cloak to reveal… Bill Murray!
“My God, Steve, I always thought you looked like Death,” McKinnon said. “But this is Death warmed over.”
Murray assured us that Steve Bannon is doing just fine, less than a week after severing ties with Breitbart News over the Fire and Fury debacle.
“The Bannon dynasty is dawning,” he said.
“I’m working on a web series for Crackle, it’s called ‘Cucks in Cars Getting Coffee.'” Not to mention a whole host of political protégés, including reviled YouTuber Logan Paul, pharma-bro Martin Shkreli, and imprisoned pedophile Jared from Subway.
“It’s time for America to slide down the Bannonster.”
Maybe. Maybe we’ll just put all our eggs in the Oprah basket.