SNL cold open trots out Fauci skit about holiday COVID safety – with Cuomo brothers blaming the virus for costing them their jobs
- SNL took a swipe at the ousted Cuomo brothers during Saturday’s cold open
- The brothers, played by Pete Davidson and Andrew Dismukes, said they lost their jobs ‘because of COVID,’ prompting objection from Dr. Anthony Fauci
- The fake Cuomos were part of a sketch-within-a-sketch about the holidays
- Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned during a sexual misconduct scandal in August, while his brother Chris Cuomo was fired from CNN last week for helping him
- Saturday’s episode was hosted by Billie Eilish, who also performed two songs
Saturday Night Live got into the holiday spirit with a cold open skit in which Kate McKinnon reprised her impression of Dr. Anthony Fauci to give out COVID safety advice while mocking the unemployed Cuomo brothers.
McKinnon as Fauci presented a series of sketches about the pandemic’s effect, saying COVID ‘affected people economically. Keep that in mind as you watch this next scene, “Two unemployed brothers on Christmas day.”‘
The brothers, played by cast members Pete Davidson and Andrew Dismukes, added: ‘And we both lost our jobs because of COVID,’ to which Fauci shook his head and wagged his finger, ‘That’s not why. That’s not why you lost your jobs.’
The brothers were part of a sketch-within-a-sketch in which Dr. Anthony Fauci, played by Kate McKinnon, presented a series of scenes about the pandemic and the holidays
Andrew and Chris Cuomo, played by Pete Davidson and Andrew Dismukes, claimed they lost their jobs ‘because of COVID’ during Saturday’s cold open on SNL
The real Cuomo brothers, above in 2018, both lost their high-profile jobs amid sexual misconduct allegations this year
Gov. Cuomo resigned in August after a report by the New York attorney general detailed instances of sexual misconduct against 11 different women.
His brother Chris was fired from his primetime show on December 4, with CNN citing ‘his involvement with his brother’s defense’ after the attorney general revealed text messages showing Chris giving Andrew advice on media strategy.
The episode was hosted by singer Billie Eilish, 19, who also performed two songs from her latest album Happily Ever After.
Her fans praised the singer’s hosting gig, which was her first time acting professionally.
The long-running sketch show also took a jab at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new order that children as young as 5 years old show proof of vaccination to enter dining and entertainment establishments.
‘Because if there’s one thing a 5-year-old can do, it’s keep track of a small piece of paper,’ Weekend Update host Colin Jost joked.
Jost took aim at China’s perceived influence on American media coverage.
The Cuomo brothers were also featured on Weekend Update, with Michael Che joking, ‘Well, those two are quite a pair, said Cuomo to a female coworker’
‘America isn’t scared of your threats. Even though NBC is broadcasting the Olympics, they aren’t afraid to let me speak my mind about what the Chinese government is up to,’ Jost said before the segment cut to a graphic claiming ‘technical difficulties.’
President Biden announced on Monday that the US will not send diplomats to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as part of a boycott against the authoritarian country’s ‘ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,’ where members of a Muslim minority group are reportedly being placed in internment camps and used for prison labor.
Saturday’s episode was hosted by Billie Eilish, who performed with her brother Finneas, left
The singer’s hosting gig, her first big acting appearance, drew praise from fans on social media
The Cuomos were the butt of another joke during the Weekend Update segment.
Anchor Michale Che joked: ‘After CNN fired Chris Cuomo, it was revealed that the former anchor has been accused of sexual misconduct, just like his older brother. ‘Well, those two are quite a pair, said Cuomo to a female coworker.’
The line was received with roaring laughter by the audience.
Jost saved another zinger for Jussie Smollett.
‘On Thursday, a Chicago jury declared Jussie Smollett really bad at acting. Smollett was found guilty of charges related to staging a hate crime. It’s the worst staged hate crime since my all-Christian production of Fiddler on the Roof,’ he quipped.