Why Alec Baldwin May Stop Playing Donald Trump on ‘SNL’

Is Alec Baldwin set to retire his Donald Trump impersonation on SNL or does he plan to continue doing it for the remainder of Trump’s presidential term? While he’s discussed the idea of putting his turn on Trump to bed at some point, it seems that time could be coming sooner than later.

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live - Season 42
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on SNL | Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

How long has Baldwin been doing a Trump impersonation?

Would you believe that Baldwin first debuted his version of Trump on Saturday Night Live in 2016? If you need a refresher, he’s been at it for quite a while, first playing the role in a presidential debate sketch and going on to appear in many more debate sketches and other skits, such as Family Feud and a parody of Beyonce’s “Lemonade.”

After Trump was elected president, there were more opportunities for Baldwin to appear as the POTUS. Trump isn’t a fan of Baldwin’s take on him and has lashed out on Twitter about the impersonation on multiple occasions, once noting: “Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.” He also tweeted: “NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!”

When asked recently during a Today show interview about his feelings about Trump’s tweets, Baldwin remarked: “You can’t care…. We go there to just have some fun.”

Baldwin is doing the Trump impersonation less

Baldwin told IndieWire recently that he’s doing less SNL appearances than he had previously as Trump. He explained: “We did it like, once a month this season. Last season, I did it a bunch, and the season before that — the first season — I did it almost every show. I think I did it every show. And I think people are, uh, they want a little bit less of that. And whether I do it much longer remains to be seen… Interestingly enough, the same thing applies there, as everywhere else: if the writing is good.”

When will Baldwin stop playing Trump on SNL?

During an appearance recently on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Baldwin was asked how much longer he’ll do the impersonation. He explained, “I don’t know. I just don’t know. I am doing it now. We do it about once a month.” He continued, “You get sucked in,” adding, “They keep pulling me back in,”

Surprisingly, he’s not the biggest fan of his take on Trump, calling it a “world-famous, mediocre Trump impersonation.” He told Indie Wire: “I made him as two-dimensional as I believe he deserves to be made. And we’ve certainly vulgarized it from time to time, beyond certain limitations. But it’s essentially us repeating back what he says, and just holding up a mirror to what he says and does.”

Baldwin has mentioned leaving the role behind before

In 2017, Baldwin shared that he was probably going to be ending the impression, explaining to Extra: “I’m not going to do it much longer, by the way. The impersonation. I don’t know how much more people can take it.”

For now, fans will take the limited Baldwin appearances as Trump on SNL — and check in on Sunday mornings to read the president’s thoughts on Twitter.