SNL star Ceci­ly Strong ‘backed out’ of sketch on House hear­ing on anti­semitism: Report

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For­mer Sat­ur­day Night Live cast mem­ber Ceci­ly Strong became “uncom­fort­able” at the last minute with the cold open skit on the House con­gres­sion­al hear­ings on anti­semitism on col­lege cam­pus­es, accord­ing to a new report.
Strong was to play Rep. Elise Ste­fanik (R‑NY) on Sat­ur­day’s show, but a source said that dur­ing dress rehearsal, she backed out.

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New cast mem­ber Chloe Troast took over for Strong in play­ing Ste­fanik.
The sketch was a par­o­dy of last week’s con­gres­sion­al hear­ing in which Ste­fanik grilled the pres­i­dents of Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, and the Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy.
Despite the con­tro­ver­sy of the hear­ing being about the heads of the Ivy League uni­ver­si­ties pro­vid­ing unsat­is­fac­to­ry answers on tack­ling anti­se­mit­ic speech on cam­pus, the NBC vari­ety show chose to make the pri­ma­ry tar­get of the sketch to be about the New York con­gress­woman who led the ques­tion­ing last week.
“I am here today because hate speech has no place on col­lege cam­pus­es,” Troast’s Ste­fanik said in the sketch Sat­ur­day night. “Hate speech belongs in Con­gress, on Elon Musk’s Twit­ter, in pri­vate din­ners with my donors, and in pub­lic speech­es by my work hus­band, Don­ald Trump.”
The skit received blow­back from social media and numer­ous news out­lets.
Barstool Sports called the skit “one of the worst cold open­ings in the show’s his­to­ry.”
Meghan McCain called the skit “vile.”
“There is a 400% increase in anti­se­mit­ic hate crimes since Octo­ber 7th and SNL thinks it’s hilarious….This is vile. Vile,” McCain post­ed.
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