‘SNL’ Takes On Jussie Smollett Controversy In ‘Shark Tank’ Spoof

Sunday - 03/03/2019 09:45
staff / 'Saturday Night Live'
staff / 'Saturday Night Live'
“If you take my case, I’m offering spoilers for ‘Empire.’ I die,” quips Chris Redd’s Smollett as the actor pleads with lawyers to represent him.


 


“Saturday Night Live” dived into the Jussie Smollett mess with a tough “Shark Tank” spoof called “Shark Tank: Legal Edition.” Controversial lawyers — from Michael Avenatti (Pete Davidson) to  Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon) and Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong ) listened to pitches from celebrities in hot water pleading with them to take their cases.

“Hey everybody, you won’t believe this, but I was just attacked outside the studio by Donald Trump himself,” says Chris Redd’s Smollett as the audience groans. The actor has been accused by Chicago police of staging a hate attack on himself because he was unhappy with his salary on “Empire.” When Redd is told there are surveillance cameras outside, he drops his story.

“Jussie, why exactly are you here today,” Davidson’s Avenatti asks.

“I broke humanity?” Redd’s Smollet responds. “But if you take my case, I’m offering spoilers for the next season of ‘Empire.’ I die.”

Pirro recuses herself because she’s just “too turned on” that a gay black man is in trouble.

Beck Bennett played the first contestant, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was recently charged with solicitation of prostitution.

“Sharks, I am currently in some hot water over an accusation I went to a day spa in Florida and got what turned out to be a not-so-happy ending,” Bennett’s Kraft said. “I am seeking an attorney who will make sure no one sees the video of my 77-year-old pigskin getting tossed around.”

Avenatti later quipped in a tweet that he would play Davidson next week.

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