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Gutierrez to NBCU: Dump Trump From 'SNL'

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) tweeted Wednesday (Oct. 21) that he plans to speak on the House floor today about a letter he has sent to NBC and parent Comcast asking them to disinvite Donald Trump from hosting the Nov. 7 broadcast of Saturday Night Live.

In a letter to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBCU President Stephen Burke, Gutiérrez pointed to Trump's statements about Mexicans being rapists, criminals and drug dealers, and noted that NBC reacted to those comments by ending its business relationship with Trump.

"Three months later, because he is a ratings and comedy bonanza, Lorne Michaels and Saturday Night Live (SNL) are giving the Trump campaign 90 minutes of free network airtime," the congressman said. "I think I speak for a lot of Americans, especially immigrant Americans and Latino Americans, when I say that if SNL is allowed to proceed, it would be a huge corporate blunder."

The congressman said disinviting the candidate "is a chance for your company – again – to show you are committed to your audience in more ways than just the ad revenues they provide you. Please do the right thing and dump Trump."

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.