Why Rosie won’t be playing Steve Bannon on SNL


EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with a response from Rosie O’Donnell, via Twitter.

Rosie O’Donnell told LGBTQ Nation it’s “all ok” that she won’t be joining the ensemble team that has skyrocketed Saturday Night Live to ratings success this season by mocking key figures in the Trump administration, led mostly by Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story of why executive producer Lorne Michaels put the kibosh on her tweeted pleas to play embattled White House strategist Steve Bannon.

The Hollywood Reporter

From left to right: Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer, Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions, Beck Bennett as Vladimir Putin, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, and Cecily Strong as Melania Trump

After the idea started trending on Twitter, O’Donnell offered her services.

Leslie Jones told THR she took O’Donnell’s offer straight to her boss.

I asked Lorne, “How come y’all aren’t bringing Rosie O’Donnell in [to play Bannon, per her plea on Twitter] or any of them to do it?”

But THR reports Michaels told her “no,” and also why it was “no.”

And he was like, “When you’re playing a character, you can’t play it from hate. You have to play it from funny, because when you play it from hate, it looks like you’re just being mean.” I love Rosie to death, but he might have been right on that one.

Wednesday night, O’Donnell tweeted a reply to LGBTQ Nation about the report:

This was a follow-up on a tweet one month ago, revealing she was resigned that she’d never get the chance to play Bannon.

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