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SNL Star Says They’re Ready to “Hang Up the Jersey”

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The nature of Saturday Night Live and its hectic production schedule means that the sketch-comedy series typically doesn’t announce who will be featured in an upcoming season until relatively shortly before a season premieres, with Pete Davidson recently teasing that, while it’s not officially confirmed, it seems likely he won’t be appearing in Season 47. Last week’s season finale saw Davidson, as well as longtime stars Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong, reflecting on their time with the series, igniting speculation among fans that this was a subtle way to say goodbye to the series without having to officially make the announcement.

“I’m surprised I made it to seven [seasons]. I’m ready to hang up the jersey,” Davidson recently shared with The Hollywood Reporter. Also appearing in the season finale’s cold open was Kenan Thompson, who is the longest-running cast member at 18 seasons, with Davidson joking, “Kenan’s like f-ckin’ Karl Malone out there.”

Thompson has previously teased that he would prefer to make it to 20 seasons, as it’s a much more significant number.

Between mental health struggles and public romantic relationships, Davidson’s personal life arguably began to overshadow his professional life in recent years, with the actor noting how much his mindset has changed due to the pandemic.

“I was at a really different place a year or two ago. I’m not exactly proud of how I handled or was handling things a few years ago,” Davidson admitted. “Looking back on it, you’re like, ‘Ahh, come on, dude.’ Luckily a pandemic happened and I got kicked in the balls and had to sit with all of my immature irrational decisions. I was so happy when they said that SNL was going to come back because I was literally sitting with my own thoughts and I was feeling really bad. I was really excited just to work and see people and I had a different outlook for this season and moving forward. I think I’ve been able to have a lot of fun and I just really appreciate it — not working at all really sucks.”

Last year saw the debut of King of Staten Island, a somewhat autobiographical film about Davidson’s life, which he both starred in and co-wrote. When it comes to his future, Davidson would like to see his trajectory mirror that of SNL alum Adam Sandler.

“You get to see a lot of people at SNL, and there’s this aura around Eddie Murphy where you’re just like, ‘Holy sh-t, that’s Eddie Murphy,'” Davidson noted. “Sandler is like that, too, you just can’t believe you’re seeing him in person. I’d like the Eddie Murphy, Sandler career. I like what Sandler did where he’s like, ‘These are my eight friends, we’re going to do this formula for the next 30 to 50 years.’ He built this entire universe for himself, and he’s in his own lane. That’s the model. Also, the way he carries himself I try to follow. He’s so kind to everyone, and you never hear of a Sandler issue — there’s never like a Sandler-gate. Any time you see that guy’s face, it’s associated with smiles and good vibes. That’s the thing I’m trying to follow.”

Stay tuned for details on Season 47 of Saturday Night Live.

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James Austin Johnson is already the best ‘SNL’ Trump [POLL RESULTS]

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James Austin Johnson only just joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” this fall, but he’s already made a big impression. The comedian not only played President Joe Biden in the opening sketch of the season but he’s also portrayed the former president, Donald Trump, to rave reviews. After decades of Trump impersonations on the late-night sketch series, fans have voiced their overwhelming support for the most recent one.

Johnson collected the vast majority of votes in our “best ‘SNL’ Trump” poll results, with a whopping 61% of the vote. The actor has only played him twice on “SNL,” though he has cultivated his impression of Trump for many years through viral videos. In a distant second place, Alec Baldwin collected 22% of the vote. Baldwin played Trump through his turbulent presidency and even won an Emmy for his performance in 2017, with additional nominations in 2018 and 2021.

Darrell Hammond came in third place at 10%, despite playing him for the longest period of time. Phil Hartman, the original Trump impressionist for “SNL,” placed in fourth at 3% of the vote. Johnson, Baldwin, Hammond and Hartman are the best-known Trump portrayers on the show, with all others playing the businessman in an episode or two.

Among that smaller group, Jason Sudeikis received 1% of the vote (though he won our “best ‘SNL’ Biden” poll), followed by Leslie Jones and Vanessa Bayer at 0.5%. Taran Killam, who actually played him in three episodes, and John Cena failed to collect a single vote in the poll.

Considering Trump has left office, it is likely that we will see less of Johnson’s impression on “SNL,” though they have already found a way to integrate him into multiple Judge Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) cold opens.

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Covid-19: Decision on resumption of international flights to be reviewed, MHA says | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Centre’s decision on the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passengers service will be reviewed as per evolving global scenario, MHA spokesperson said on Sunday.
This was discussed during an urgent meeting that was called by the home secretary earlier in the day in view of the possible threat that the new Covid variant of concern ‘Omicron’, can pose to the nation.

Various experts were part of the meeting, including Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, D Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific adviser to Prime Minister, senior officers from health, civil aviation and other ministries.

Here’s what other things were discussed during the meet-
* Overall global situation in wake of the Omicron virus was comprehensively reviewed.
* Various preventive measures in place and to be further strengthened were discussed.
* Genomic surveillance for variants to be further strengthened and intensified.
* Airport health officials (APHOs) and port health officials (PHOs) to be sensitized for strict supervision of testing protocol at airports/ ports.
* Closer watch on the emerging pandemic situations within the country will be maintained.

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2024 Watch: Trump super PAC holding top-dollar fundraiser this week

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Former President Donald Trump’s super PAC is hosting its largest fundraiser to date this week.

The Make America Great Again, Again super PAC event on Thursday, Dec. 2, will be held at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Sources in Trump world tell Fox News to expect some of the biggest GOP donors from across the country to attend the function.

The super PAC is steered by former Florida state Attorney General Pam Biondi, who defended the former president at his first Senate impeachment trial. But Trump’s adding to the group’s leadership. Ric Grenell and Matt Whitaker, who served as acting national intelligence director and acting attorney general during the Trump administration, respectively, are joining the super PAC’s board of directors.

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The beefing up of the former president’s super PAC follows his move to expand his staff at his Save America political action committee, which recently brought on board longtime Trump aide Lynne Patton in a political coalitions building role. 

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 12: U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a meeting about reducing gun violence in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on July 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. The meeting with law enforcement, elected officials, and others included Attorney General Merrick Garland, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Brooklyn Borough President and New York City mayoral nominee Eric Adams, Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis, Chicago Police Chief David Brown, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy, Newark Police Lieutenant Anthony Lima and Community-Based Public Safety Collective Co-Founder Aqeela Sherrills. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 24: Former U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to speak at the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix-based political organization Turning Point Action hosted former President Donald Trump alongside GOP Arizona candidates who have begun candidacy for government elected roles. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 12: U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a meeting about reducing gun violence in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on July 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. The meeting with law enforcement, elected officials, and others included Attorney General Merrick Garland, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Brooklyn Borough President and New York City mayoral nominee Eric Adams, Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis, Chicago Police Chief David Brown, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy, Newark Police Lieutenant Anthony Lima and Community-Based Public Safety Collective Co-Founder Aqeela Sherrills. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JULY 24: Former U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to speak at the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix-based political organization Turning Point Action hosted former President Donald Trump alongside GOP Arizona candidates who have begun candidacy for government elected roles. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
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Thanks in part to an aggressive push of text messages, emails, campaign style events and even ads, Trump’s been a fundraising juggernaut this year. His three main fundraising operations, which include Save America, reported over $100 million cash on hand as of the end of July, which was the most recent filing period for the groups.

The brisk fundraising and the expansion of his political operations come as Trump continues to play a kingmaker’s role in GOP politics heading into the 2022 midterm elections and repeatedly flirts with making another White House run in 2024.

Former president polls Trump-Biden 2024 showdown

For the first time, Trump’s political operation commissioned a poll in a hypothetical 2024 matchup between the former president and President Biden.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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The survey was conducted in five key battleground states where Biden edged Trump in last year’s election to win the White House. It suggests Trump leading Biden by single digits in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania and by double digits in Michigan and Wisconsin.

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The survey was conducted by veteran Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio, who polled for Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory and his 2020 reelection defeat. Besides the top line numbers in the horse race, Fabrizio pointed to the “wide chasm that currently exists” between Trump’s recalled job approval and Biden’s currently job approval. He told Fox News Trump’s advantage “is staggering given we are only 10 months into Biden’s presidency.”

The poll, which appears to be another sign that Trump’s gearing up for another presidential bid, was first reported by Politico.

Biden’s 2024 ‘intention’

In the wake of plenty of speculation the past month on whether President Biden will run for reelection in 2024, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week that “that’s his intention.”

Psaki’s comments seemed to confirm reports that the president has been telling advisers and staff that he plans to run for a second four-year term steering the country.

Biden hands a service member a challenge coin as he greets members of the Coast Guard at U.S. Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket, Mass., Nov. 25, 2021.  

Biden hands a service member a challenge coin as he greets members of the Coast Guard at U.S. Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket, Mass., Nov. 25, 2021.  
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Biden, who turned 79 last weekend, made history last November when he became the oldest person ever elected president. If he campaigns for reelection in 2024 and wins, Biden would be 82 at his second inauguration and 86 at the end of his second term.

Asked in March at the first formal news conference of his presidency about his 2024 plans, Biden said, “My answer is yes. I plan on running for reelection. That’s my expectation.”

And Democratic sources tell Fox News the president repeated that message during a virtual fundraiser earlier this month.

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A day ahead of his birthday, the president told reporters, “I feel great,” after undergoing the first of his annual physical exams at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Nothing has changed. We’re in good shape,” Biden said.

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