Robert De Niro continued his streak of using award show speeches to slam President Donald Trump. (Photo: PETER FOLEY, EPA-EFE)

De Niro continued, bluntly divulging who he thought would not be worthy of an American Icon Award. 

“You didn’t think you were going to completely get away without a ‘(expletive) Trump’ moment, did you?” he joked, referencing his infamous f-bomb speech about the commander in chief at the Tony Awards last summer.

“On the other hand, the individual who currently purports to lead America is not worthy of any tribute,” he continued. “Unless you think of his impeachment and imprisonment as a sort of tribute. And that’s how you’d make America great again.”

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The season finale of “SNL” included a cold open from the Oval Office in which the Trump administration parodies Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Sample lyrics: “He’s a billionaire / unless you take a look at his taxes / He’s gonna hide, hide hide / There’s no showing you.” The ensemble included Alex Moffat as Eric Trump, Mikey Day as Donald Trump Jr., Cecily Strong as Melania Trump, Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller, Beck Bennett as Mike Pence, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, Chris Redd as Kanye West, Kate McKinnon as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Aidy Bryant as Sarah Sanders and Kenan Thompson as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Will Heath/NBCFullscreenThe show also tackled Democratic politics with host Paul Rudd taking on the role of presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg along with Kate McKinnon as Joy Behar and Melissa Villasenor as Ana Navarro. Will Heath/NBCFullscreenMusical guest DJ Khalid honored rapper Nipsey Hussle, who died in March, with a tribute that included (from left) J Balvin, Lil Wayne, John Legend, Lil Baby, Big Sean, Jeremih and Sza. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreen”Game of Thrones” star Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm, right) helped Kenan Thompson prove co-star Pete Davidson knew nothing about the series, which freed him up to rap about his real favorite show, Netflix’s senior-citizen comedy “Grace and Frankie.” Steven Molina Contreras/NBCFullscreenOn the eve of Mother’s Day, Emma Thompson brought two special guests up for her opening monologue: former “SNL” stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The trio worked as “mom interpreters,” revealing what moms really mean when they say things to their kids. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenThe show’s cold open, a parody of “Meet the Press” with Kyle Mooney playing Chuck Todd, featured senators too scared to stand up to the president, including Kate McKinnon as Lindsey Graham, Beck Bennett as Mitch McConnell and Cecily Strong as Susan Collins. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenFor Mother’s Day, Pete Davidson brought up his own mother, Amy, for “Weekend Update.” He tried to get his mom a date with Jon Hamm, who actually did show up during the show’s goodbyes. A picture posted on the “SNL” Twitter account later showed Hamm hugging Pete’s mom backstage after the show. Nice job, Pete! NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenAdam Sandler returned to “SNL” with a song during his monologue about getting fired from the show. Chris Rock also showed up as a guest to help out his former co-star. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenThe show also included two more surprise guests, former "SNL" stars Jimmy Fallon (left) and Kristen Wiig (right), playing Sandler relatives during a family reunion sketch.
  NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenSandler brought back his iconic Opera Man during Weekend Update with Colin Jost. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenSandler ended the show with a song to remember his friend and former “SNL” cast mate Chris Farley. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenMichael Keaton made a surprise appearance as Julian Assange in the April 13 cold open that also included Kate McKinnon as actress Lori Loughlin and Kyle Mooney and Chris Redd as inmates stuck with jailed celebrities. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenThe show also took on “The View” with host Emma Stone playing “View” guest Jenny McCarthy along with Melissa Villaseñor as Ana Navarro and Aidy Bryant as Meghan McCain. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenStone also played Grace, an actress who takes her role very seriously, in the sketch “The Actress.” Rosalind O’Connor, NBCFullscreenMusical guest BTS performs on “Saturday Night Live.” Will Heath, NBCFullscreenJason Sudeikis make a surprise return to “SNL” to reprise his role as Joe Biden in the opening sketch along side Leslie Jones. The cold open spotlighted the recent focus on the former vice president’s touchy-feely ways. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenHost Kit Harington played Jon Show, his “Game of Thrones” character, in an “SNL” short spoofing potential “Thrones” spinoffs. Rosalind O’Connor, NBCFullscreenMariska Hargitay and Ice-T also made guest appearances, playing detectives in a "Thrones" fake spinoff based on "Law and Order: SVU."
  Rosalind O’Connor, NBCFullscreenHarington’s “Game of Thrones” castmate Emilia Clarke make a surprise appearance during his opening monologue along with other “GOT” stars including Pete Davidson dressed as the Night King and Harington’s former co-star and current wife Rose Leslie. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenRobert De Niro was back on “SNL” on March 30 with his version of Robert Mueller along with President Trump (Alec Baldwin) taking on the different interpretations of The Mueller Report. The open also featured Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani and Aidy Bryant as Attorney General William Barr. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenThe show also tackled the Mueller Report from the point of view of Russian president Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his interpreter (Sandra Oh). NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenThe show also looked at the recent news about “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett with Chris Redd as Jussie Smollett and host Sandra Oh as the actor’s manager. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenInstead of the usual political sketch, "SNL" kicked off its March 9 episode mocking Gayle King's interview with R. Kelly. The singer, played by Kenan Thompson, gave answers to questions from King (Leslie Jones) that seemed as ill-conceived as the actual responses from R. Kelly in an interview earlier that week. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenThe episode also featured a guest appearance from Gwyneth Paltrow (with Michael Che and Heidi Gardner) parodying her line of Goop products. Gardner had to enlist the aid of a fellow Goop consultant when she messes up product descriptions and is worried the Goop founder will fire her. “No, she doesn’t believe in firing, remember?” says Paltrow’s consultant character. “It’s called conscious un-employing.” Will Heath, NBCFullscreenPete Davidson also appeared on "Weekend Update" with Colin Jost to address rumors about dating actress Kate Beckinsale and the age difference between them. "It doesn't really bother us," he said. "But then again, I'm new to this, so if you have questions about relationships with a big age difference, just ask Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Statham, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere …" and on and on, including three references to Larry King. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenHost Idris Elba had some fun as an English soccer star named Dave "The Bruiser" Kooseman who isn't very good as a newly minted commentator alongside British announcers played by Alex Moffat and Mikey Day. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenBen Stiller opened the March 2 episode of “Saturday Night Live” by reprising his role as Michael Cohen, sending up the former Trump fixer’s congressional hearing earlier this week. “The first time I testified I was also under oath, but this time I really mean it,” Stiller said. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenFormer cast member Bill Hader returned to play one of the most vocal House members from the Cohen hearing, Ohio Republican Jim Jordan (upper right). “I’m angry that I have to sit through this two-bit, dirtbag flea circus,” he raged. “I’m so angry I couldn’t even wear a jacket today!” He was especially vexed by Cohen’s revelation that one of the “sleazy circles” he hung out in was the Republican National Committee, where he served as deputy finance chair. California Democrat Jackie Speier (Heidi Gardner, left) yielded her time to Jordan “so he can continue digging his own grave” and Florida’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz yielded hers “as a prank on him.” Will Heath/NBCFullscreenAfter hearing from Arizona Republican Paul Gosar (Kyle Mooney, top center), who garbled his entire speech, and North Carolina’s Mark Meadows (Alex Moffat top left), who confused Lynne Patton, a black female Trump staffer, with Omarosa, committee chair Elijah Cummings of Maryland (Kenan Thompson, top right) ended questioning so he could “give a quick sermon and call everyone in this room a fool.” Will Heath/NBCFullscreenHost John Mulaney (top cener presided over a musical spectacle that called back to last season’s “Diner Lobster” sketch where Pete Davidson ordered seafood at a greasy spoon, going against popular New York wisdom. From there, it turned into a “Les Miserables” parody. This time around, he asked to use the restroom at a corner store, where the bodega cat (Kenan Thompson) was straight out of the musical “Cats” and Kate McKinnon sang “Memories” while dressed as a religious candle. Somehow, the writers also found a way to reference “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Rent.” Will Heath, NBCFullscreen”Legal Shark Tank” featured celebrities in legal trouble trying to woo high-profile attorneys to represent them. Here, Jussie Smollett (Chris Redd) pitches his case to Michael Avenatti, Jeanine Pirro, Rudy Giuliani and Alan Dershowitz. “If you take my case, I offer spoilers for the next season of ‘Empire’: I die.” Will Heath/NBCFullscreen”You all see why I have to fake this national emergency, right?” Alec Baldwin said at the top of “Saturday Night Live” on Feb. 16, mocking President Trump’s Rose Garden speech announcing his latest gambit to get his border wall. “I have to because I want to.” The skit irked the real occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, who tweeted, “THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” Will Heath, NBCFullscreenThe president was even less likely to appreciate host Don Cheadle’s vintage Soviet hockey jersey, which read “Trump 45” on the back. It wasn’t his only sartorial statement: while introducing musical guest Gary Clark Jr., he sported a shirt that said “Protect trans kids.” NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenKenan Thompson as Eugene Robinson, Kyle Mooney as Chuck Todd, Cecily Strong as Peggy Noonan and Leslie Jones as Donna Brazile poke fun at the fight between Amazon head Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer during a parody of "Meet the Press" on the Feb. 9 episode. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenGirl power in politics was front and center with host Halsey as Rashida Tlaib, Aidy Bryant as Annie Kuster, Melissa Villasenor as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Heidi Gardner as Abigail Spanberger, Kate McKinnon as Nancy Pelosi, Cecily Strong as Kyrsten Sinema, Ego Nwodim as Ilhan Omar and Leslie Jones as Maxine Waters representing women of Congress. Steven Molina Contreras, NBCFullscreenState politics was also on tap as guest host Halsey led Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney, Alex Moffat, and Beck Bennett as they shed light on political controversy in Virginia. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenMelissa Villasenor showed off her Lady Gaga impression along side Colin Jost and Michael Che during “Weekend Update.” Will Heath, NBCFullscreenSteve Martin made a surprise appearance as Trump aide Roger Stone to kick off the Jan. 26 episode “Saturday Night Live.” The appearance, a day after Stone was arrested in Florida and charged with lying to investigators, obstruction and witness tampering in the Russia investigation, was part of a parody of Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show. NBCFullscreenAppearing as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Kate McKinnon made light of his a comment in which he advised furloughed federal workers to take out loans to tide them over rather than seek help from food banks. “That was silly of me,” her Ross deadpanned. “I simply meant there are other ways to get money, like liquidating their stocks or selling a painting. Even a lesser Picasso will get you through a week or two of yacht maintenance.” NBCFullscreenThe shutdown humor didn’t end with the Fox News sketch. A “Deal or No Deal” parody featured President Trump (Alec Baldwin) trying to win funding for his proposed border wall by playing “Deal or No Deal.” Manning the briefcases: singer Cardi B (Ego Nwodim), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat). Will Heath/NBCFullscreenJames McAvoy, who hosted the Jan. 26 episode, paid homage to his homeland of Scotland, delivering his monologue in a kilt. Will Heath/NBCFullscreenOn the Jan. 19 episode, host Rachel Brosnahan took part in a game show pitting Millennials against Baby Boomers alongside Pete Davidson. Will Heath/NBCFullscreenFormer “SNL” writer John Mulaney made a surprise appearance on the the Jan. 19 edition of “Weekend Update” to tell anchor Colin Jost that he’s been mentoring cast member Pete Davidson,
Davidson, saying “I’m trying to show him you can have a life in comedy that’s not insane.” Davidson, who has been open about his mental-health struggles retorted, “After observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide.” Will Heath/NBCFullscreen"Saturday Night Live" kicked off its Christmas episode with Donald Trump in a parody version of the classic "It's a Wonderful Life." The sketch drew the ire of the president, who, in a tweet the next day, questioned whether parodies like this could be tested in court. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenHost Matt Damon and Cecily Strong played parents who reflected on a less-than-stellar crazy Christmas day. NBC, Rosalind O’Connor/NBCFullscreenDamon also played Chris Hemsworth in a sketch featuring imagined Oscars auditions that also included impressions of Tiffany Haddish, Allison Janney and Sarah Silverman from cast members, along with Damon's take on Matthew McConaughey. NBC, Katie McGowan/NBCFullscreenJason Momoa brought Khal Drogo, his character from "Game of Thrones," back to life to co-host a show, "Khal Drogo's Ghost Dojo," with Kenan Thompson as Zerbo, a blood rider.  The duo interviewed other "Thrones" characters who had been killed off, including Hodor (Beck Bennett).
  WILL HEATH/NBCFullscreenMomoa (holding Mikey Day) also played Beef, a jock with anger management issues, in a parody of 1980’s nerd movies. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenMomoa took on dad duty twice in different sketches. Here he's a father meeting his daughter's boyfriend for the first time.
  NBC, Kyle Dubiel/NBCFullscreenMomoa also played a stay-at-home dad using manly tools to keep the house clean for his wife.
  NBC, Katie McGowan/NBCFullscreenIn the first of three December shows, the ladies of “Saturday Night Live” performed a special (counsel) update to the Mariah Carey holiday classic, titled “All I Want for Christmas Is the Mueller Report.” It featured lyrics like “I just want to sleep at night. Please make sure your case is tight.” Will Heath, NBCFullscreenThat wasn’t the only musical parody. During the G20-themed cold open,
President Trump (Alec Baldwin), third from right, is joined by Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), left, Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong), Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Fred Armisen) sent up the Broadway staple “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.” Will Heath, NBCFullscreenLeslie Jones, left, announced she was retiring from sex on “Weekend Update.” Explaining her reasoning, she told anchor Colin Jost, “Who am I supposed to even date? A guy in his 60s, who possibly might die on top of me? Or date a guy in his 20s, so I’m a child molester now? I have to put out milk and cookies and a PlayStation to have sex? No! My sex days is over!” Will Heath, NBCFullscreenSteve Carell kicked off his “SNL” hosting duties on Nov. 17 with a monologue in which he vehemently denied the possibility of an “Office” renuion, much to the chagrin of former castmates Ellie Kemper, Jenna Fischer and Ed Helms, who made surprise cameos. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenCarell also took a swipe at Amazon’s recent new headquarters announcement, playing the company’s iconic CEO Jeff Bezos. NBC, Rosalind O’Connor/NBCFullscreenPete Davidson and Chris Redd performed a rap about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Kate McKinnon playing the high-octane justice with slick dance moves. NBC, Steve Molina Contreras/NBCFullscreenA week after Pete Davidson received criticism for his jokes about military veteran Dan Crenshaw running for public office, the former Navy SEAL got his turn at the “Weekend Update” desk in the Nov. 10 episode. The newly-elected Congressman cracked jokes at Davidson’s expense and taunted him with a ringtone from the comedian’s ex-ex-fiancee, Ariana Grande.
But he ended with a serious message of unity. “There’s a lot to learn here,” Crenshaw said. “Not just that the left and right can still agree on some things, but also, Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other.” NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenRobert De Niro made a surprise guest appearance, reprising his role as independent counsel Robert Mueller, who came to bid farewell to ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon). Mueller assured Sessions that he helped in the investigation “more than you’ll ever know,” before leaving him with a parting gift.”You know in ‘Harry Potter’ when an elf gets a piece of clothing and it sets him free?” Mueller said, producing a piece of toilet paper that had been stuck to President Trump’s shoe. “This is for you.” Will Heath/NBCFullscreen”Saturday Night Live” returned with a new episode Nov. 3, just in time for Pete Davidson (seen here with “Weekend Update” co-host Michael Che) to take aim at what he dubbed “gross” candidates before Election Day. That included Republican Dan Crenshaw of Texas. “You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate in Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson said of Crenshaw, who wears an eye patch due to an injury he suffered fighting in Afghanistan. The Republican later tweeted, “Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.” NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenJonah Hill hosted the show for the fifth time, making him a member of the Five-Timers Club. He was welcomed to the club by Tina Fey, Candice Bergen, and Drew Barrymore during his opening monologue. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenHill also brought back his character Adam Grossman, a six-year-old with a loud mouth at a local Benihana. His over-the-top portrayal caused castmembers Mikey Day, Kenan Thompson and Leslie Jones to break character several times during the sketch. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenThere was little chance “Saturday Night Live” was going to ignore the Oct. 11 Oval Office meeting between rapper Kanye West and President Trump, which took place two days before the third episode of Season 44. As West (Chris Redd) bragged about having a big brain and the best words, Trump (Alec Baldwin) realized, “Oh my God, he’s black me!” Click forward for more memorable moments from the current season. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenHost Seth Meyers also got in his two cents on the Kanye/Trump meeting during his return to the “Weekend Update” desk, where he delivered his signature “Really?!?” rant with help from Colin Jost and Michael Che. “I feel like the only place those two should meet is in group (therapy),” Meyers opined. “They should be in the basement of a church with a dude with an earring and leather bracelet saying, ‘I’m really glad you both decided to come back.’ Really.” NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenMeyers, who rarely appeared in acted sketches when he was on “SNL,” popped up in a few as the guest host, including this one where he played a prisoner who resisted the offers of friendship from new cellmate Bill Cosby (Kenan Thompson). “How come every time I offer to mentor someone, it always ends up turning on me?” the older man asked. Will Heath/NBCFullscreenRedd also teamed up with Pete Davidson to play rappers who were especially fond of trees. NBC, Rosalind O’Connor/NBCFullscreenMeyers gave a shoutout to his family during the curtain call, wearing a T-shirt that referenced his wife (Alexi), sons (Axel and Ashe) and the family’s Italian greyhound, Frisbee. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenUnlike the season premiere curtain call, which ended with the cast awkwardly standing behind Kanye West during a pro-Trump rant, Episode 3 ended on a happier note, with a birthday cake for musical guest Paul Simon, who turned 77 that day. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenThe rest of the season has also had plenty of highlights each week, including this imaginary locker-room party with the Republicans after Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation. "Everyone’s pumped – from white men over 60 to white men over 70,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett) to Heidi Gardner's Dana Bash. Here are more "SNL" highlights from this season. Will Heath, NBCFullscreenGuest host Awkwafina led an unusual dance battle that included game-show themes and musical guest Travis Scott pulling out some sick moves to "Jeopardy!" that would make Alex Trebek envious. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreen"SNL" tapped surprise guest Matt Damon to play Judge Brett Kavanaugh in its season-opening skit, a sendup of the Supreme Court nominee's testimony before the Senate. "Now I'm usually an optimist – a 'the keg is half-full' kind of guy," Damon's Kavanaugh said. "But what I've seen from the monsters on this committee makes me want to puke – and not from beer." NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kate McKinnon) also gave her opinion on the Kavanaugh testimony on “Weekend Update.” “He thinks his confirmation hearing is unfair?” she asked incredulously. “My confirmation hearing was they threw me in a river to see if I floated.” That’s a Ginsburn! NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreenMusical guest Kanye West created (negative) buzz for his performance of "I Love It" with Lil Pump in the season opener. The Perrier and Fiji water costumes quickly became an Internet meme and will likely be one of the most talked about performances of the season. NBC, Will Heath/NBCFullscreen


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