December 15, 2017

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'Saturday Night Live' Writer Katie Rich Suspended After Controversial Barron Trump Tweet

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Katie Rich issued an apology Monday, calling her tweet “inexcusable.”

Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich has been suspended indefinitely after she tweeted a widely criticized joke about Barron Trump, a person familiar with the situation tells The Hollywood Reporter.

NBC had no comment.

On Friday, Rich tweeted that “Barron will be this country’s first home-school shooter,” which led to public outcry and some calling for the dismissal of the SNL writer. Rich later deleted the tweet, and deactivated her account. On Monday, she reactivated her account and issued an apology.

A Second City alum, Rich has been with the show since 2013, writing primarily for “Weekend Update.”

The controversial tweet comes as Saturday Night Live has been under additional scrutiny from none-other-than the president himself, who has become known to tweet his own reviews of the late-night show hours after it airs.

SNL announced earlier Monday that Alec Baldwin, who has been playing the now-president all season long, will host the Feb. 11. episode.

Barron Trump, 10, is the only son of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. The president has four other adult children, sons Donald Jr. and Eric Trump, as well as daughters Ivanka and Tiffany Trump.

Rich’s tweet isn’t the first time Saturday Night Live has come under fire for poking fun at the president’s offspring. In 1992, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey’s Wayne’s World characters mocked then-12-year-old first daughter Chelsea Clinton, saying “adolescence has been thus far unkind” to her, but “she could turn into a babe in waiting.” Then-First Lady Hillary Clinton was critical of the sketch, which was subsequently cut out of all repeats of the episode. “We felt, upon reflection, that if it was in any way hurtful, it wasn’t worth it,” executive producer Lorne Michaels said at the time. “She’s a kid, a kid who didn’t choose to be in public life.”

Chelsea Clinton came to the defense of Barron Trump in a tweet posted Sunday.

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