EXCLUSIVE: It’s a New York thing! SNL creator Lorne Michaels reveals the show gave Harvey Weinstein a pass because the shamed movie mogul is from his city (but so is Trump…)

  • Lorne Michaels was filmed leaving SNL’s after-party in New York at about 4am
  • When he was asked why the show avoided the Weinstein controversy, he smiled and responded: ‘It’s a New York thing’ 
  • The show had earlier been criticized for not mentioning the sexual harassment allegations leveled against Weinstein this week
  • An audience member has since revealed the cast did try out a Weinstein joke during a dress rehearsal but it was cut before it went to air
  • The joke apparently got a big reaction from the audience 
  • SNL regularly pokes fun of President Donald Trump who hails from New York
  • Social media users were quick to slam the show’s hypocrisy in not going after one of Hollywood’s biggest players following the allegations 

Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels has seemingly admitted the show chose not to roast Harvey Weinstein because the embattled film heavyweight is from New York.

When Michaels was asked as he was leaving SNL’s after-party at 4am why the show avoided the Weinstein controversy, the producer smiled and responded: ‘It’s a New York thing.’

The show had earlier been criticized for not mentioning the sexual harassment allegations leveled against Weinstein this week.

But DailyMail.com has since learned that the cast did try out a Weinstein joke during dress rehearsal – it just never made it to air.

‘I remember a joke being made about him during weekend update… I don’t remember the joke, I just remember that it got a big reaction from the audience,’ an audience member revealed.

SNL regularly pokes fun of President Donald Trump and he has previously lashed out at the show for their impersonations of him.

Trump also hails from New York but that hasn’t stopped him from being a SNL target.

Silence: SNL did not mention or address the allegations against Harvey Weinstein once during the show hosted by Gal Gadot (pictured above) 

Silence: SNL did not mention or address the allegations against Harvey Weinstein once during the show hosted by Gal Gadot (pictured above)

Social media users were quick to slam the show’s hypocrisy in not going after one of Hollywood’s biggest players following the allegations.

‘Why didn’t big mouth Michael Che say anything about Harvey Weinstein on SNL ‘Weekend Update’? He’s got so much opinion about everything else,’ Pastor Darrell Scott tweeted.

Another person tweeted: ‘That is why the political left is OK w/ abandoning but the celebrity left (SNL late night hosts) isn’t.’

‘Really?! NO mention of Harvey on SNL WeekendUpdate?,’ another user wrote. ‘This is starting to feel like a conspiracy…

It comes after a bombshell New York Times report on Thursday revealed Weinstein’s long record of misconduct.

The report said he had reached at least eight settlements with women including one who said she was coerced into giving him a massage while he was naked.

Weinstein is said to have asked a young Ashley Judd to watch him shower and paid Rose McGowan $100,000 under a settlement for an incident shortly before her breakthrough role in ‘Scream’.

SNL did cover a number of other relevant topics from the week.

The show ditched its traditional comedic cold open in favor of a solemn tribute by country music star Jason Aldean to both the victims of last Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas, as well as late rocker Tom Petty.

Aldean was in the middle of performing on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last Sunday when Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on the 22,000 people in the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Meanwhile, Petty died this week from cardiac arrest at the age of 66.

With OJ Simpson’s release from prison after serving nine years for armed robbery, Saturday Night Live took the opportunity to imagine what a Bumble date would look like for the former football great.

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