“Saturday Night Live” spoofed “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King’s explosive interview with R. Kelly in which the singer was questioned about sexual abuse allegations.
In the SNL cold open, NBC’s sketch show addresses the R. Kelly interview, and implies that the singer presents himself as a victim. Check out full video of the sketch below.
In the clip, Thompson portrays Kelly as a delusional figure, one who requests to be addressed as “victim.” In addition, SNL’s version of Kelly sings out loud to himself while dramatic music plays. As a performer, Thompson mimics Kelly’s style of singing, and directly references lyrics from the singer’s most famous songs. Near the end of the bit, SNL recreates the CBS interview moment when Kelly stands up, with Thompson [Kelly] stating that “I gave y’all ‘Trapped in the Closet,’ ‘Feelin’ on Yo Booty,’ ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number,’ and so many other clues!” The clip ends with Jones [King] acknowledging Kelly’s “unhinged” behavior and suggesting that he made his situation worse. From there, the cold open sets up the series’ famous line, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”
The 52-year-old performer pleaded not guilty last month to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Three of the women were under the age of 17 at the time of the alleged incidents, which prosecutors say spanned from 1998 to 2010.
Kelly was rearrested last week after law enforcement officials said he declined to pay his ex-wife $161,000 in child support. He posted bail Saturday.