Video: ‘SNL’ Parodies First Black ‘Bachelorette’ in Cut-For-Time Sketch
Chris Pine misappropriates black culture while trying to win Sasheer Zamata's heartMay 12, 2017
Every week, “Saturday Night Live” prepares more sketches than can comfortably fit into a 90-minute time slot, performing them all at dress rehearsal before eventually cutting a handful from the live show. For last week’s episode, a worthy “Bachelorette” parody failed to get the “SNL” rose, but is now getting a second chance at love in the online video (above).
The cut sketch, “New Bachelorette,” spoofs the long-running reality competition series’ recent embrace of diversity with its first African-American “Bachelorette,” lawyer Rachel Lindsay, played in the sketch by cast member Sasheer Zamata. Unfortunately, her potential suitors can’t help but utter tone-deaf pick-up lines while trying to win her heart.
Chris Pine, who hosted the May 6 episode, admits to saying “the word” but only in his self-written raps. Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and Alex Moffat exit the limo and offer their own offensive sweet talk before Kenan Thompson shows up to disappoint the Bachelorette even further.
Though the sketch didn’t make it to air, the Stern Show’s own Gary Dell’Abate, Jason Kaplan, and Will Murray all got to see it in person as attendees of that week’s dress rehearsal. The same episode also featured a “Star Trek” sendup with a character called Sal Delabate, later confirmed to be named after Gary and Stern Show staffer Sal Governale.
Both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” received season renewals from ABC on Thursday. The actual “Bachelorette” starring Rachel Lindsay premieres later this month. Check out Howard’s reaction to the Season 21 “Bachelor” finale here.