SNL Mocks Trump Impeachment Hearings Lacking Pizzazz With 'Days of Our Impeachment' Soap Opera

Saturday Night Live reimagined the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings as a melodramatic soap opera starring actor Jon Hamm in its latest episode to mock critics who claimed the proceedings were lacking "pizzazz."

The cold open for the November 16 episode, parodying Days of Our Lives, came days after NBC News was mocked on social media for an analysis article which claimed the first witnesses testifying in the inquiry "lacked the pizzazz necessary to capture public attention."

So SNL—which airs on NBC—began its latest episode with a voiceover explaining that some had complained the hearings had been "lacking in pizzazz," were "dull" and "not The Masked Singer."

It continued: "So to make sure people are paying attention, we now present the hearings in a way that underscores how scandalous these revelations really are. This is Days of Our Impeachment … where the only thing at stake is democracy."

The cold open saw Alex Moffat playing Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, Mikey Day as Republican Rep. Jim Jordan and Cecily Strong as Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine. She joked: "Why did Trump come after me? I committed the ultimate sin. I was good at my job."

When Day accused her of trying to make President Donald Trump look bad because she loves attention, Strong replied: "I love the glamor and the spotlight. That's why I spent my career in Ukraine and Somalia."

Making use of soap opera tropes including shocked gasps, fainting and amnesia, the sketch also featured a cameo from Mad Men actor Jon Hamm as Ambassador Bill Taylor.

"I don't just kiss and tell. I kiss and tell and I take notes," Hamm says as he is introduced in the Days of Our Impeachment credits.

And as he testifies, he is interrupted by Kate McKinnon, reprising her role as Rudy Giuliani. "I've got an insurance policy in case the president turns against me. I'm gonna die in a mysterious boat explosion," McKinnon tells Hamm.

"So you're going to fake your own death?" Hamm asked. "Oh, I can fake it? Oh great, I'll do that," she replied.

Melissa Villaseñor also appeared as "telenovela sensation" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who is hinted to be having an affair with Hamm's character Taylor. "Alexandria, I didn't expect to see you here," Hamm tells her.

"And I didn't expect you to be such a low-key daddy," she replied. "Now here's a Red New Deal, it's my lips," she adds before the pair kiss.

Harry Styles was the episode's host and musical guest. Next week's episode will see former cast member Will Ferrell return to host SNL for the fifth time with King Princess as the musical guest.

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Jon Hamm arrives at the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala Presented By Gucci on November 2, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. THE SNL soap opera skit featured a cameo from "Mad Men" actor Hamm as Ambassador Bill Taylor. Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic