Steve Bannon reportedly contacted Darrell Hammond over fear of ‘SNL’ portrayal

UPDATE, September 14: Per Steven Perlberg of BuzzFeed News: At Thursday night’s Pubs and Politics event, produced by WABC in New York City, guest Darrell Hammond said he was not contacted by Bannon.

During his now infamous “60 Minutes” interview, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon puffed his chest about supposedly not caring how he was portrayed on “Saturday Night Live,” but Wall Street Journal reporter Eli Stokols begs to differ. In fact, Stokols claims that Bannon contacted “SNL” announcer and former cast member Darrell Hammond in order to find out how he and the rest  Trump administration would be portrayed ahead of the previous season.

“I don’t need the affirmation of the mainstream media,” Bannon told “60 Minutes” correspondent Charlie Rose about his “SNL’ depiction. “I don’t care what they say. They can call me an anti-Semite. They can call me racist. They can call me nativist. They can call me anything you want, OK? As long as we’re driving this agenda for the working men and women of this country, I’m happy.”

Oh, for sure, dude.

Following the interview, Sokols blew up Bannon’s spot on Twitter.

“In short, Bannon did care very much about how SNL would portray him,” Stokols tweeted, “because he knew Trump would see and care about it…”

Sokol claims that Bannon contacted Hammond, “the SNL announcer and only conservative cast member” to find out what the writing staff had in store for him.

Sounds like Mr. “I’m a street fighter” cared a whole lot.

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