Alec Baldwin has apparently had enough.
The award-winning actor who would be President Donald Trump (#AlternativeTrump?) told Mario Lopez of Extra that "the maliciousness of this White House has people worried, which is why I'm not going to do it much longer, the impersonation." He's tired, boss. The two were chatting about Baldwin's new movie, Boss Baby.
Baldwin, who seems to have gotten some job security with the role on Saturday Night Live, thought the barbs from President Trump would have subsided once he took office. Not so. Trump has let his displeasure be known to the world through Twitter, calling the show "unwatchable" and the portrayal "sad."
Baldwin didn't shy away initially. He jumped into the fray, responding to the criticism with tweets of advice for the then-president elect. He punctuated it by telling Trump to call him.
Baldwin has been doing the impersonation since October.
He would trot it out for the White House Correspondents Dinner, though, saying, "If they wanted me to do it, I would probably do it." Trump has said he will not attend the annual event.
And Baldwin has plans to continue the impersonation in print. Vanity Fair reported last week that he will write a book as Trump, and with writer Kurt Andersen, called You Can't Spell American Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump. (To quote Yakov Smirnoff: "What a country!")
This whole thing is at least Defcon 4 in the late-night landscape.
But here's an idea: Let Kate McKinnon, who is perfect in every way, do the impersonation. Because if someone has to, it might as well be one of the cast's best players. And what a treat for her (and viewers), for her to be Trump advisor KellyAnne Conway, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. And Trump.
Let her do a one-woman show as the entire cabinet.
While I'm at the wishing well ... please, if you're listening God, please, please, please let them be working on an impersonation for Sen. Maxine Waters. Trivial, I know, but I try to be specific in my prayers. Or just let her do it. Either way. FRFR. Thank you.
Note to SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels: Also, if you get a cast member, they can't just walk away.