‘Saturday Night Live’ wasted no time skewering Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a hate crime — and they brought Robert Kraft, Rudy Giuliani, and others along for the takedown.
In a parody of Shark Tank called “Shark Tank: Legal Edition,” the Saturday Night Livecast played controversial lawyers who listened to pitches from scandal-embroiled celebrities asking them to take on their cases, including Jussie Smollett, played by Chris Redd.
Redd as Smollett dressed in the same attire the Empire actor donned during his Good Morning Americainterview with Robin Roberts. “I was just attacked outside the studio by Donald Trump himself,” Redd’s Smollett told the Sharks as he mocked Smollett, who was arrested for allegedly falsifying a police report for his own assault.
When the mock Sharks informed Redd’s Smollett that there are cameras outside that could prove his attack was real, he took back his story — according to Chicago Law Enforcement, Smollett intended to capture his attack on a camera, but the camera wasn’t angled in the proper direction. Redd’s Smollett later offered Empire spoilers in turn for someone taking on his case.
Assuming the seats of the legal Sharks, Pete Davidson appeared as Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti, while Cecily Strong played Fox News host Jeanine Pirro. The evening’s host John Mulaney played Alan Dershowitz and Kate McKinnon reprised her impression of Rudy Giuliani.
Beck Bennett also played the first contestant, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was recently charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution and also searching for legal assistance.