“Saturday Night Live” mocked the Jussie Smollett case in a skit starring host and ‘Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh as Smollett’s manager.
The skit titled “Network Meeting” starts off with Oh trying to keep Smollett’s (Chris Redd) job on “Empire” in a meeting with show runner Lee Daniels (Kenan Thompson) and Fox executives (Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon and Ego Nwodim).
“Just give Jussie another chance,” Oh, as Smollett’s manager, begs Daniels and the Fox executives as they wait for Smollett who is two hours late to the meeting.
“I just hope it’s not some crazy excuse,” Daniels says.
Smollett finally comes to the meeting and insists he’s been attacked.
“Guys, you are not gonna believe what just happened to me,” Smollett tells the group. “I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not that,” he exclaims before saying that he was attacked.
He opens up “a bag of clues” which includes a box of Crest Whitestrips, three red K’s that spell out the KKK and a purple Teletubby stuffed animal.
“It’s the gay one,” Smollett says.
“Don’t worry, I got some hits in, too. I’m still the gay Tupac” Smollett explains and then later calls himself “the gay Mike Tyson.”
McKinnon suggests calling the police but Smollett says “They said I could never call again as part of the deal.” The line alludes to the controversy surrounding Smollett’s dropped charges.
In the end Daniels fires Smollett from “Empire” and Oh decides not to be be his agent anymore.
“I just hope he gets the help he needs,” Oh says.
Smollett returns wearing a neck brace and sunglasses saying that he was attacked again.