Larry David will get $5K for ‘heckling’ Donald Trump, political group says

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‘Handsome, rich’ Trump ‘heckled’ on SNL.

NEW YORK – Donald Trump’s appearance as guest host of “Saturday Night Live” helped the TV comedy sketch show earn its highest viewership ratings since 2012, the NBC television network said on Sunday. An off-screen heckler interrupted with a cry of “You’re a racist!” But the “heckler” was comedian Larry David, who before Trump arrived onstage had been seen impersonating Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. “I heard if I yelled that, they’d give me $5 000,” said David with a shrug, echoing an offer made publicly by one of the Hispanic groups protesting Trump’s appearance.

The show, which came under fire from Latino groups for inviting the blunt-spoken Republican presidential frontrunner to host, garnered a 6.6 rating in the 56 U.S. markets measured by Nielsen Media Research, NBC said in a statement. According to Variety, Trump’s hosting gig averaged a 6.6 rating/16 share in metered-market household results, up 57 percent from the show’s fall average (4.2) and the top rating since Jan. 7, 2012, when Charles Barkley’s name was on the marquee. Trump’s 90 minutes in the “SNL” spotlight followed weeks of growing anticipation, increasingly sharp criticism and mounting calls for him to be dropped from the show.

Saturday’s rating for the show was also up 53 percent versus its November average last year (4.3), proving once again that Americans will tune in to see Donald Trump on TV. “He is of great interest to the public, he’s still a curiosity and he has not worn out his welcome in terms of getting attention,” Boston University media analyst Tobe Berkovitz said. “As long as he keeps pulling the numbers, people will continue putting him on their shows because the ultimate goal is higher ratings. “The fact is, the public is very interested and fascinated by Trump. They certainly like his act at this point,” Berkovitz said. “The question is: When it comes time to vote, will they like this act for president of the United States? Ratings are a measure of the audience as a percentage of all television households, whether their sets were turned on or not during the show’s time slot. That’s something that has not been determined yet.” Meanwhile, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton — looking to boost her own numbers as she feels the heat from Bernie Sanders — will kick off a two-day tour of the Granite State today by filing official paperwork with the New Hampshire secretary of state for the first-in-the-nation primary.

Only hours after the show’s broadcast, Trump was back on television and characteristically bullish about his performance, calling it “very well received and probably got very good ratings, who knows.” During his monologue, Trump promised his hosting appearance would be “something special,” while noting that many people had asked him why he accepted the gig. The former star of reality TV show “The Apprentice” outraged many Americans in June when he described Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug smugglers. Why?” “I hate to break it to you guys,” he told viewers, “but I’m not going to be in the next sketch.” Instead, off-camera, he live-tweeted comments that were flashed on the screen about “SNL” cast members performing a skit: By then, Syria is at peace.

While he made a crackdown on illegal immigration a main campaign theme, Trump has also said many of his employees are Hispanics and that they love him. Trump told CNN on Sunday that he vetoed some of the more risque skits, and earlier in the week he told Fox News it was because he didn’t want to alienate voters in Iowa, home of the first event in the 2016 presidential nominating contest.

EST Saturday start time, dozens of protesters marched from Trump Tower to NBC’s studio in Rockefeller Plaza, chanting in both English and Spanish and carrying signs. In Spanish, they chanted: “The people united shall never be defeated” and signs declared SNL racist. “I feel like they’re giving him a platform,” said Hazel Hernandez, 26, who emigrated from El Salvador and now lives in Brooklyn. “I’m an immigrant myself, so I’m pretty outraged.

It’s upsetting.” Trump’s comments last summer spurred NBC to sever its Miss Universe ties with him while declaring he would never return to his “Apprentice” role. But leading up to Saturday’s broadcast, NBC did not respond to accusations that it had reversed itself, or to the outcry against Trump that had built since “SNL” announced his host booking last month.

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