Saturday Night Live is enjoying its strongest ratings in 22 years, but that success hasn't come without some controversy, as a sketch in last night's show mocking Trump aide Kellyanne Conway appears to illustrate.

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SNL, known for its scathing portrayals of politicians on both sides of the aisle, has been criticized by many conservatives, including President Trump himself, for being "biased." White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who was mocked again this week by Melissa McCarthy, has called the show "mean."

But it's not just conservatives who have criticized the show at times this season. Cast member Michael Che, who hosts the show's "Weekend Update" segment, agreed with the commander-in-chief in an interview with Esquire following the election. Che said despite attempts to remain balanced, the show seems to have shifted leftward.

"Oddly, I agree with him," Che said. "We try to write that way. But I do agree with him. I think the show should show all views and we make a conscious effort to do so."

During Saturday night's show, a pre-taped segment featuring Kate McKinnon as Conway and Beck Bennett as CNN host Jake Tapper seemed to ignite a discussion about the show's bias and taste level.

And not from a crowd you'd normally expect.

"SNL just gave a gift to the White House with this sexist, unfunny Kellyanne Conway skit," Olivia Nuzzi, who covers the Trump administration for New York Magazine, wrote on Twitter, noting that casting Conway as Glenn Close's unstable career woman from "Fatal Attraction" was the wrong move by the show.

"It will be interpreted as unfair and mean to a wife and mother," Nuzzi wrote.

Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart, who has criticized Conway in the past and accused her of providing a platform for white supremacy, also had reservations about the sketch.

As did MSNBC host and NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell.

Tapper didn't seem to know what to make of the segment.

Conway seemed to take the jabs in stride, writing on Twitter Sunday night that she spoke with Tapper earlier in the morning, and there were "no boiling bunnies on the menu," a reference to the 1987 thriller "Fatal Attraction" that the sketch is based on.

The scene features McKinnon's Conway upset after being rejected as a guest on CNN's "State of the Union" for citing a nonexistent "Bowling Green massacre" to justify President Trump's controversial travel ban.

"I just want to be a part of the news, Jake," McKinnon's Conway tells Bennett's Tapper. "What was I supposed to do? You weren't answering my calls, you changed your number. I'm not going to be ignored, Jake!"

The sketch starts off with McKinnon's Conway trying to seduce Bennett's Tapper, before pulling out a knife and threatening to kill the CNN anchor. Out of fear for his own life, he acquiesces to her demands and says she can return to his show whenever she wants.

The sketch ends with Conway appearing to fall to her death out of Tapper's window, before her dismembered body pulls itself back together.

"I'm fine, but I do only have three lives left," McKinnon's Conway says. "See you on the news!"


"SNL" has done a number of sketches during the election that have hit the left. In one, the host of "Black Jeopardy" is surprised that a white Trump support has a lot in common with the other black contestants. In another, we see liberals in denial over Trump's election wanting to move into a "bubble" protecting their progressive ideas from other forms of thinking.