“Saturday Night Live” knocked Fox News hosts Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonIn defense of both Jon Stewart and Tucker Carlson Pence: No room in GOP for ‘apologists for Putin’ Jon Stewart rips ‘dishonest propagandist’ Tucker Carlson for Putin comments MORE and Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamLevi’s brand president says she resigned after pressure over views on COVID-19 school closures Laura Ingraham ‘not saying’ if she’d support Trump in 2024 Fox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary events MORE for their comments on the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the sketch comedy show’s latest episode.
The show opened with a “Fox News Ukrainian Invasion Celebration Spectacular,” which was hosted from Mar-a-Lago. Carlson, played by Alex Moffat, and Ingraham, played by Kate McKinnon, hosted the fictitious event.
“Good evening, everyone. I’m Tucker Carlson — I’m like if a pair of boat shoes came to life,” Moffat’s Carlson said.
“And I’m Laura Ingraham, and when I watch Harry Potter I root for Voldemort,” McKinnon’s Ingraham said.
Moffat’s Carlson said the two network figures “got into a little bit of trouble for all the nice things we said about Russia and the mean things we said about Ukraine.”
“We did sound pretty awful in hindsight. And foresight,” McKinnon’s Ingraham agreed
Moffat’s Carlson said he “kept asking why do we hate Putin? Aren’t liberals in America even worse?”
“And I called the president of Ukraine pathetic. He stayed and fought with his people in the war, and I called him pathetic from a news desk in Washington,” McKinnon’s Ingraham said.
“I kept saying we should be more worried about our own border getting invaded by Mexico. But, in my defense, I am racist, so I thought that was true,” Moffat’s Carlson added.
Carlson told his viewers that Putin hasn’t promoted “racial discrimination” in schools, made fentanyl or attempted “to snuff out Christianity,” and Ingraham in the past said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was giving a “pathetic display.”
Zelensky has become a global hero amid the invasion, being lauded by many for remaining in Ukraine during the conflict.
McKinnon’s Ingraham said on “SNL” that the pair was going to “make it up to you” that night by “raising money for the real victims of this invasion: the oligarchs.”
“So please open your wallets. And because this is Fox News, you can either send money or take out a reverse mortgage,” Moffat’s Carlson said. “So far we have raised over 8.3 billion rubles, which comes out to almost $12.”
The pair then brought on a number of guests, including actor Steven Seagal, who has ties to Putin, played by Bowen Yang, and Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly GuilfoyleThe Hill’s Morning Report – Russia’s war against Ukraine grinds on Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Kimberly Guilfoyle, fiancee of Trump Jr. Jan. 6 panel prepares to subpoena Guilfoyle after brief, heated sit-down MORE and Donald Trump Jr., played by Cecily Strong and Mikey Day, respectively.
Former President TrumpDonald TrumpExpel Russia from the WTO Senate Democrats call on Biden admin to end Trump-era immigration rule Iran signals potential cooperation with UN’s nuclear watchdog MORE, played by James Austin Johnson, also appeared, answering phone calls.
In one of his appearances, Johnson’s Trump discussed his love of bread before tearing into President BidenJoe BidenU.S., Poland consider deal to give fighter aircraft to Ukraine: reports U.S. officials to meet with government of Russian ally Venezuela: report Visa, Mastercard suspend all Russian operations MORE.
“My favorite food is probably bread, you know? And more specifically bun. I like bun,” Johnson’s Trump told a caller on the phone. “Bun is great, especially with respect to burger. And you know what? Now they want to go beyond burger, can you believe that? I want to stay right at burger. Beyond is not good. Joe Biden has gone beyond burger, and it has not gone so well.”
The sketch ended with Johnson’s Trump singing “My Funny Valentine” to Putin.
“I’ve got something I’d like to say to Putin as well. Vladimir, I want you to hear this from me: you is smart, you is kind, you is important,” Johnson’s Trump said.
“I love you, Vlad,” he added after the singing number.
The Hill reached out to Fox News for comment.