If you are tuning in to Saturday Night Live this evening hoping to see more of Jim Carrey’s impression of President-elect Joe Biden you are in for a disappointment.
Going forward the role will be played by one of the current regular cast members. Carrey first came aboard the show at the beginning of the current season as the presidential election was heading into its final six weeks.
The comic actor has announced earlier today that he will no longer be popping up on the show via twitter –
Though my term was only meant to be 6 weeks,I was thrilled to be elected as your SNL President…comedy’s highest call of duty. I would love to go forward knowing that Biden was the victor because I nailed that shit. But I am just one in a long line of proud, fighting SNL Bidens!
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) December 19, 2020
There is no word as to whether Maya Rudolph, the former SNL cast member who has been returning this season to play Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, will be continuing in that role.
Honestly, I can’t say that I am disappointed to see him go. While Carrey’s impersonation was good, it wasn’t the best that the show has seen. That honor belongs to Jason Sudeikis, who played the former Vice-President during his time as a cast member on the show between 2005 and 2013. As a former cast alumni – something which Carrey isn’t – it would be great to see to him return to the show, though his current commitments to the second season of his Apple+ series Ted Lasso might keep him from making an appearance.
Ideally, it would be great if one of the show’s regular cast members could take over the part. Currently, SNL has twenty main and featured cast members and every time the show brings in an outsider to take a role in a sketch, especially a prominent role like that of a national figure like President-elect Biden, it is taking away airtime from one of those cast members.
We’ll see who winds up stepping into the role either tonight when alum Kristen Wiig returns to host or next January when the show returns from its holiday break.