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Bill Murray, Fred Armisen channel Steve Bannon, Michael Wolff on 'SNL'

By Karen Butler
Bill Murray, Fred Armisen channel Steve Bannon, Michael Wolff on 'SNL'
This weekend's edition of "Saturday Night Live" featured Bill Murray as Steve Bannon, Fred Armisen as Michael Wolff and Kate McKinnon as Mika Brezinski. Photo by Will Heath/NBC

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Former Saturday Night Live stars Bill Murray and Fred Armisen returned to the show this weekend to play former White House adviser Steve Bannon and Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff in a sketch.

The pair appeared as guests in an SNL parody of MSNBC's Morning Joe program, with Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat lampooning the show's engaged hosts Mika Brezinski and Joe Scarborough.

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Asked if events depicted in his unflattering portrait of Donald Trump's first year as president of the United States are accurate, Armisen as Wolff replied: "You read it, right? And you liked it? You had fun? What's the problem? You got the gist, so shut up. Even the stuff that's not true, it's true."

Bannon, who is quoted in Wolff's book, then removes a black cloak and hood and joins the conversation to dispute that Wolff got him fired from his position as executive chairman at Breitbart News.

"The Bannon magic is still out there," Bannon insisted. "Steve Bannon, the Bannon Cannon, magic, magic, magic, magic, magic. King of kingmakers. ... The Bannon dynasty is dawning. I'm working on a web series for Crackle. It's called Cucks in Cars Getting Coffee and I am also coming out with a line of wrinkled, barn jackets called Frumpers for Guys and a springtime, skin-care line called Blotch."

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He went on to say he does not think his career in politics is over.

"I convinced this country to elect Donald and I can do it again," he said. "Already auditioning candidates. Got some prospects. Logan Paul. Martin Shkreli. The Subway guy, Jared Fogle. He's back. He's electable. It's time for America to slide down the bannister."

"You did something amazing," Wolff told Bannon. "You took the biggest longshot in history and you got him elected president and you unleashed this monster of biblical proportions upon the universe."

"Michael Wolff, that is the sweetest thing anyone has ever said to me," Bannon replied.

The sketch ended with an appearance from Leslie Jones as media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who some high-profile Democrats are encouraging to run against Trump in 2020.

"I am a celebrity, so I am qualified," Jones as Winfrey said. "But I'm different from Donald Trump because I am actually a billionaire. So, who knows? There's only one job more powerful than being president. Being Oprah!"

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