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SNL Does Not Spare Jussie Smollett

And has a bit of fun with Michael Cohen
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2019 8:34 AM CST

(Newser) Saturday Night Live pulled no punches on Jussie Smollet in a Shark Tank: Legal Edition sketch that featured the embattled actor, along with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, vying for legal representation from the likes of Pete Davidson's Michael Avenatti, Cecily Strong's Jeanine Pirro, guest host John Mulaney's Alan Dershowitz, and Kate McKinnon's Rudy Giuliani. "Hey everyone, you won’t believe this, but I was just attacked outside the studio by Donald Trump himself," Smollett, played by Chris Redd, tells the legal eagles.

Questioned about the veracity of his story, Redd asks whether there were cameras to record it. Told yes, he says, "then no, it is not" true, reports Deadline. Smollett also featured on Weekend Update. The show's Cold Open took aim at the Michael Cohen hearings, with Ben Stiller returning to reprise the role of President Trump's former fixer. Thomas Rhett was the musical guest; video highlights in the gallery. (Read more Saturday Night Live stories.)

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