Mar 8, 2020 - Politics & Policy

"SNL": Elizabeth Warren makes surprise appearance in cold open

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on "Saturday Night Live" with Kate McKinnon's Warren. Photo: Will Heath/NBC

The latest "Saturday Night Live" cold open featured a cameo by Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the show returned to last week's subject of the novel coronavirus.

The big picture: This time, "SNL" went after conservative Fox News host Laura Ingraham for her coverage on the virus. Cast regular Kate McKinnon's Ingraham called COVID-19 an "urban legend." "The left continues to wage its deceitful, dishonest and frankly gay smear campaign against President Trump," she said, before moving on to "interview" Warren — who suspended her Democratic presidential campaign last Thursday. McKinnon surprised Warren by appearing beside the Massachusetts senator after a quick change at the end of the segment.

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"Saturday Night Live" suspends production over the coronavirus

"Saturday Night Live" stars Beck Bennett as Vice President Mike Pence and Kate McKinnon as Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the Feb. 29 cold open. Photo: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

"Saturday Night Live" has halted production until further notice in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the episode slated for March 28 will not air, an NBCUniversal spokesperson confirmed to Axios Monday.

The big picture: "We will monitor the situation closely and make decisions about future shows on an ongoing basis as further information develops," the spokesperson said. Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a surprise appearance in the last "SNL" cold open this month, which tackled issues including the coronavirus outbreak, a theme that was also addressed in the previous week's show.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is assessing her path forward in the 2020 race, a campaign aide tells Axios' Alexi McCammond.

Why it matters: Warren failed to win any states, including her home state of Massachusetts, and only amassed 12 delegates on Super Tuesday.

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