SNL Has Chosen Its Trump

Taran Killam will play candidate during 41st season of show
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2015 3:33 AM CDT
SNL Has Chosen Its Trump
Taran Killam will be playing Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live."   (Photo by Matt Mills McKnight/Invision for Courtyard by Marriott/AP Images)

If anyone has ever wondered what it's like to be Donald Trump for a day, or for a season of Saturday Night Live, talk to Taran Killam in 2016. The 33-year-old cast member has been tapped to slip into the real estate mogul's hairpiece for the 41st season of the late-night show, an NBC rep confirmed to CNNMoney. He's been with the show since 2010 and has formerly played the likes of Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey, Piers Morgan, Andy Cohen, Michael Cera, and Eminem. Killam will likely first lumber onto the stage as Trump on Oct. 3, the show's first night back after its summer break.

One person who surprisingly wasn't even up for the role: announcer/former cast member Darrell Hammond, who has played The Donald before. However, Nellie Andreeva writes for Deadline that Hammond "was not in consideration for reprising his Trump impersonation" and didn't audition. Instead, it looks like Hammond will reprise his role as Bill Clinton, who'll likely show up quite a bit as the partner in crime of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, currently played by Kate McKinnon. (If your idea of Halloween fun is dressing up as a "sexy" Trump, well, here you go.)

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