Thursday, April 18, 2024

Trouble at “SNL”? Bowen Yang Wipes His Instagram of All Reference to the Show After Nikki Haley, Dave Chappelle Appearances


There’s trouble at “Saturday Night Live.”

Star player Bowen Yang has wiped most of his Instagram including any reference to the show.

Yang is angry about Nikki Haley’s appearance this week and the recent end credits cameo by comic Dave Chappelle.

This morning Yang posted a picture of a Champagne bottle and note that was left for Haley, a welcome from Lorne Michaels. The photo showed a bouquet of flowers and rows of expensive bottled water along with a card that read, “Amb. Haley ― Welcome to Studio 8H! From Lorne + Everyone at SNL.” Yang captioned the picture “Everyone :)” to make a point then quickly removed the whole thing.

Yang’s distress over these political incidents on the show is not surprising. Both Haley and Chappelle are the antithesis of things he would stand for, and now he’s made his feelings known.

Just to catch up: Haley appeared in the show’s cold opening in a parody of her town hall answer about slavery not causing the Civil War. Chappelle, who’s anti-trans, turned up at the end of a recent episode. Yang could could be seen showing his disapproval on camera. ( Last night, bizarrely, Chappelle actually won a Grammy award for best comedy album.)

This is compounded by the coming appearance as host by Shane Gillis, who was fired from “SNL” before the 2019 season for making racist comments in a podcast. Now Gillis is being welcomed back.

Will this be a tempest in a teapot? Or is more to come? Yang has risen quickly through the ranks at “SNL” and has done enough outside work that he could possibly leave and have a career. But exiting “SNL” is dicey even for the biggest stars. Kenan Thompson has stayed for decades, had a sitcom that failed, and stuck around. Even big recent stars like Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong have not blasted off in the solo world.

So stay tuned…literally…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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