SNL Abruptly Drops the 'Gross' Act

Baldwin, McKinnon break character, get out the vote in final sketch before election
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2016 8:07 AM CST

(Newser) Saturday Night Live trotted out Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon a final time before the election with what of late passes for a pretty standard Cold Open, complete with Baldwin's Donald Trump kissing Vladimir Putin, an FBI agent, and a Klansman, while Cecily Strong as Erin Burnett continued to hammer McKinnon's Hillary Clinton about—wait for it—her email.

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Things were rolling along normally when Baldwin abruptly dropped the act, and addressed the camera and the vitriol, saying, "I just feel gross all the time. I mean, don’t you guys feel gross all the time about this?" He and McKinnon then grab hands and run through the streets of New York distributing hugs (including one to a man in a "Trump that B----" shirt), before ending the sketch thusly: "Now it’s time to get out there and vote," says Baldwin. "None of this will have mattered if you don’t vote." McKinnon chimes in: "And we can’t tell you who to vote for, but on Tuesday, we all get a chance to choose what kind of country we wanna live in." (Read more Saturday Night Live stories.)

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