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‘SNL’ Takes on Jussie Smollett Controversy — Watch What Happened

The sketch show earned some praise for tackling the story; comedian Chris Redd played the part of the 'Empire' actor

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Actor Jussie Smollett got off scot-free from his 16 felony counts earlier this week when he gave up his $10,000 bond to the court — which also relied on his past service work in the community as additional payment to let him walk out the front door with a charge sheet that’s been wiped clean.

Well, “Saturday Night Live” decided to go after the Smollett controversy with its latest sketch that skewered his claims that he was attacked.

They were holding back, in my view, and could have done a lot better — but then again, “SNL” hasn’t been truly good since the late ’70s and ’80s, so what do you expect?

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I still give them a little praise for tackling the subject, though it wasn’t hilarious.

In the sketch, comedian Chris Redd played the part of Smollett, while another comedian and former star of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Sandra Oh, played his manager.

In the video below, the so-called “Empire” producers gathered together to fire Smollett when he walked into the meeting late with clues of another alleged racist attack.

One of the producers asked him, “What is wrong with you, man?” after Redd’s Smollett character told the room, “I just told you I was attacked,” while wearing a MAGA hat and holding a bag of clues to “prove” he was attacked before the meeting.

He pulled out Crest Whitestrips and three big red Ks and said, “Three Ks. What do you think that means?”

He then said he thought the Klan was a myth.

I am truly (and pleasantly) surprised that “SNL” addressed the controversy, but the show waited not just until the story was completely debunked, but waited until some liberal black pundits in the media criticized Smollett for his fraud.

Now liberals will cite this sketch as an example of how “SNL” is non-partisan.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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