Alec Baldwin will be taking on the role of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The actor, who portrayed Trump during his presidential campaign on this season of the NBC sketch series, was absent during last week’s show, the first episode to follow Election Day.
“I’m going to do it again this weekend, but not all that often,” Baldwin told Vanity Fair. “There were a lot of things online said about it — like why didn’t I do it after the election? I was booked [last] weekend. Not even other jobs; we have things to do. It crashes every weekend.”
Baldwin has played Trump on five of this season’s six episodes. Last week, during the Dave Chappelle-hosted installment, Kate McKinnon carried the cold open solo when she sang a rendition of the late Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” while in character as Hillary Clinton.
Baldwin, who has three young children at home with wife Hilaria Thomas, has hosted SNL more than any other performer, with a record 16 bows at the helm of the late-night comedy show, but the show’s hours can be a strain. “When he does SNL, it takes a big chunk out of it because you’re up so late, and then it eats into the next day. And for us, with little kids, it’s hard,” Thomas told Vanity Fair.