Bill Murray Lampoons Steve Bannon in Hilarious SNL Cold Open

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Bill Murray makes surprise 'SNL' appearance as Steve Bannon

The cold open also includes a surprise appearance from Bill Murray as former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who stepped down as chairman of Breitbart after being quoted in Wolff's book.

For the few months in which he worked at the White House, Steve Bannon was portrayed on Saturday Night Live in a way that probably would have suited him just fine, as a cloaked figure in a grim reaper mask looming in the Oval Office.

Saturday Night Live returns for its first episode of 2018 and of course, they had to poke fun at President Donald Trump's controversial comments about several countries across the globe in their cold open.

The mock Morning Joe show featured "Fire and Fury" author Wolff, played by Fred Armisen, and Murray's Bannon as special guests.

Murray portrayed Bannon as a self-aggrandising mess with blotchy skin and wearing multiple layers, clinging to power after being dumped by the Trump administration for criticising Mr Trump's children in Mr Wolff's book.

"But I'm different from Donald Trump because I'm actually a billionaire", she said.

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Asked by the "Morning Joe" hosts if his story is truthful, Armisen's Wolff responds: "You read it, right?" "Steve Bannon, the Bannon Cannon - magic!" And I'm also coming out with a new line of wrinkled barn jackets for guys called Frumpers for guys.

Murray's Bannon did not stop there.

"OK that does sound like me", Murray's Bannon concluded. "Already auditioning candidates, got some prospects".

"It's time for America to slide down the Bannonster".

As if that wasn't enough, Leslie Jones popped up next as Oprah Winfrey to discuss her presidential campaign.

"I thought I smelled lavender and money", said Brzezinski.

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