Updated Mar 10, 2019

"Saturday Night Live" delivers powerful satire on R. Kelly interview

Keenan Thompson as R. Kelly on "Saturday Night Live."

Photo: NBC

"Saturday Night Live" provided a powerful satirical — and musical — take on R. Kelly's explosive interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King.

Details: Actor Idris Elba put in a brilliant performance as "SNL" host Saturday night, but Kenan Thompson and Lesley Jones stole the show with their parody of King's interview with R&B singer Kelly. In the cold opener, Thompson's Kelly kept bursting into song, urging Jones' King to "please call me victim" — a request subsequently rejected. Pete Davidson said during his "Weekend Update" Kelly "should go to jail forever." But Davidson was met with jeers when he referenced the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis, saying: " “[I]f you support the Catholic Church, isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan?" The show aired hours after Kelly was released from a Chicago jail, where he had been held for failing to pay child support.

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