Rob Schneider’s criticism of Saturday night liveincluding highlighting a famous Hillary Clinton moment on the show, has left the internet divided.
Schneider, 58, worked on the long-running NBC comedy show between 1988 and 1994, transitioning from writer to performer in 1990 in an era that saw the likes of Chris Farley, David Spade and Adam Sandler.
During a recent appearance on The Glenn Beck PodcastThe conservative comedian said a November 2016 sketch starring Kate McKinnon as Clinton following her election loss to former President Donald Trump was a moment when he decided the show was “over.”
“I hate shitting on my own show,” Schneider told conservative commentator Beck. “When Hillary Clinton lost – which is understandable why she lost. She’s not the most logical person in the room.”
He continued: “Then when Kate McKinnon walked out there Saturday night live in the cold opening and all that, and she’s dressed up as Hillary Clinton, and she started playing Hallelujah. I literally prayed, ‘Please make a joke at the end. Do not do that. Please don’t go down there.’ And at the end there was no joke, and I said, ‘It’s over. It’s over. It won’t come back.'”
While SNL Cold openings are traditionally comedic in nature, McKinnon, who portrayed Clinton on the show during election season, sat at a piano and sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” before telling the camera, “I’m not giving up and I shouldn’t be She.”
The moment also paid tribute to Cohen, who had passed away days earlier.
Beck alluded to Schneider’s right-wing comments that could potentially hurt his career when he asked the comedian, “Are you willing to lose everything for what you believe in?”
“Absolutely,” Schneider replied. “Because if we don’t have it, we don’t have anything. I don’t care about my career. I take care of my children, the country they will live in.”
Schneider has three daughters, including pop star Elle King, 33.
Schneider’s comments were met with a wave of support from fans whose political views aligned, while others mocked the comedian’s statement about his career.
“Nobody who cares about their career…appears on @GlennBeck’s show…so…redundant.” wrote Comedian Hal Sparks on Twitter.
Farron Cousins, the host of the progressive radio show ring of firehinted that Schneider might already have very little to lose.
“Rob Schneider saying he doesn’t care if he loses his career is like saying I don’t care if I get fat — that happened a long time ago,” Cousins said tweeted.
SciBabe science blogger Yvette d’Entremont reported that Schneider’s 2014 State Farm Insurance commercial was pulled because of his anti-vaccine stance.
she tweeted: “I remember when State Farm’s Rob Schneider got fired for being anti-vaccination, and since they sell health insurance, they didn’t like that about their spokesperson. But we also knew he didn’t care about his career because we saw his work.”
Mordville Writer, executive producer and showrunner Krister Johnson also added to the spate of quips made about Schneider’s career.
“Never before has a man given up so little for so much,” Johnson said wrote.
While Schneider’s comments were met with much derision, there was also an outpouring of enthusiastic support from Twitter users who shared and embraced his views.
Benny Johnson, Chief Creative Officer at Turning Point USA, tweeted: “Comedy legend Rob Schneider DROPS repeats on the mic SNL– DESTROYS woke up comedy in SECONDS: “It’s over. It won’t come back.'”
Amid the online conversation, Schneider shared a link to the full Beck interview with his 1.2 million Twitter followers on Tuesday.
“I had a nice chat with a nice guy who was in this store and was the same age as me,” Schneider said labeled the connection. “I gave some opinions.
If you want, it’s worth a hearing…”
Elsewhere in his interview with Beck, Schneider also spoke of unnamed late-night hosts whom he accused of being involved in “indoctrination.”
“You can take the comedic indoctrination process that takes place with each of the late-night hosts and swap them out,” he said. “That’s how you know they’re not interesting anymore. There is no longer an independent voice. It’s just indoctrination through comedic imposition.”