Last week, President-elect Donald Trump ripped "Saturday Night Live" on Twitter, calling the sketch comedy show "one-sided" and "biased."
According to at least one cast member, he has a point.
Cast member Michael Che, who hosts the show's "Weekend Update" segment (which was off this week for Thanksgiving), told Esquire that despite trying to remain balanced and take on both sides, the show has seemed to shift 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."
Che pointed to a recent sketch involving liberals in denial over Trump's election wanting to move into a "bubble" protecting their progressive ideas from other forms of thinking.
"That was a great sketch poking fun at ultra-liberals," Che said.
"SNL" has done a number of skits 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 white New York liberals melt down during election night as it becomes clear Trump is going to win.
But with an election that was as polarizing as the one we just went through, Che said both Democrats and Republicans have backed up into their own corners and no longer have any desire to find the middle ground.
"It's very tribal in America, especially now," the 33-year-old comedian said. "So if you're a liberal, you're liberal about everything. You have your mind made up before you've even heard the details, you know? When you read the headline, you already know the story."
"If you're conservative, it's the same thing," Che continued. "That's why this election was so polarizing. Nobody was saying, 'Both of them have things I like, but I'm considering one over the other.' It's always, 'I hate this guy.' Or, 'I hate this lady.' It was split. So with big, heavy issues, they have their minds made up and they're angry about it because they think if you give up one thing you're giving up everything."
Of course, not everyone on the show agrees with Che. Alec Baldwin, who has portrayed Trump on "SNL" this season, fired back at the president-elect's criticism of the show, saying there is no more "equal time" since the election is over. In fact, Baldwin said he and the "SNL" staff would've liked to endorse candidates, but they were stymied by executives at NBC:
Che has a simple philosophy of how he thinks "SNL" should handle politicians.
"But comedy should take both sides," Che said. "No matter who is in power, we should be making fun of them."