Bill Murray debuts his Steve Bannon on 'SNL'

Bannon no longer portrayed as grim reaper

By FRANK PALLOTTA
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"Saturday Night Live" casts Bill Murray as Steve Bannon, Fred Armisen as "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Steve Bannon is no longer a grim reaper on "Saturday Night Live."

Bill Murray surprised audiences on NBC's variety show on Saturday night debuting in the show's opening sketch as former Trump White House chief strategist, Bannon. Saturday's episode was the first of 2018.

In the past, a cast member didn't play Bannon, instead having the political figure played by a grim reaper character with a skull face mask. On Saturday night, during an "Morning Joe" segment, Murray came out in a black hood to big cheers from the audience.

"The Bannon magic is still out there," Murray as Bannon said. "Magic. Magic. The king maker! The Bannon dynasty is dawning."

Kate McKinnon's Mika Brzezinski asked Bannon what he's doing now since leaving the White House.

"I'm working on a web series for Crackle. It's called 'Cucks In Cars Getting Coffee,'" he said. "I'm also coming out with a new line of wrinkled barn jackets."

"SNL" brought out another old cast member, Fred Armisen, to play Michael Wolff, the author of "Fire and Fury," the bestseller that explores the inner workings of the Trump White House.

"You know what? C'mon, you know you're done, it's over," Armisen as Wolff said.

But Murray's Bannon was steadfast that he would one day again return to the political world.

"I convinced this country to elect Donald and I can do it again," Murray's Bannon said. "I'm already auditioning candidates and prospects like Logan Paul, Martin Shkreli, the Subway guy. He's back. He's electable."

"SNL" also brought out another potential candidate, Leslie Jones' Oprah Winfrey.

"Well, I'm a celebrity, so I'm qualified," Jones' Oprah answered to questions of her running for president. "But I'm different from Donald Trump because I'm actually a billionaire.

Then Murray, Armisen and the rest of the cast opened the show with its traditional catch phrase, "Live ... From New York, it's Saturday night."

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