Jussie Smollett received the "SNL" treatment on Saturday night. (Photo: Paul Beaty, AP)
Then "Saturday Night Live" devoted a sketch to the idea of imagining Smollett's meeting with Fox executives.
And it's not flattering.
In the sketch, Smollett (played by Chris Redd) as his manager is two hours late (presenter Sandra Oh) apologizes and Fox executives (Kate McKinnon, Mickey Day) and Lee Daniels (Kenan Thompson) resent the Second.
"Jussie Smollett was a victim!" insists Oh.
"Oh please," replies McKinnon.
Then Redd comes in with a red MAGA hat. "Guys, you will not believe what happened to me," says Redd. "I was attacked again!" He promptly digs through a shopping bag containing Crest White Strips, the letters KKK and a Teletubby. "The killer has left a number of clues!"
"Which murderer?" asks an angry McKinnon.
"You're still alive, Jussie," replied another Exec, played by Day.
"Just because I struck back because I'm gay Mike Tyson," insists Redd.
Oh, when his manager finally fires him.
The reaction to Twitter after the broadcast of the sketch was largely negative.
"Oh man," tweeted @Isirikul.
Tweeter @ lisa_lisab7426 called it "bad tastes." 19659023] Not impressed by the @SNL sketch about Jussie Smollett. I think it had a bad taste.
– 🌸 🌸 Lili B 🌸🌿 (@ lisa_lisab7426) March 31, 2019