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

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

Trump asks how SNL can air "without retribution"

President Trump responded to a sketch from NBC's "Saturday Night Live" that mocked his national emergency declaration at the border, asking how networks can air "hit jobs without retribution" and labeling it "the real Collusion" in a Sunday morning tweet:

"Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!"

The big picture: Throughout his presidency, Trump has repeatedly attacked late-night shows and comedians — including "SNL" — for their adversarial takes on his administration.

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