On Sept. 28, Aaron Paul from AMC’s monster hit series, “Breaking Bad,” made an unannounced and completely surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” just one day before the highly anticipated and much talked about finale. He talked to President Obama (played by actor and “SNL” regular, Jay Pharoah) and explained why Obamacare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act, would not be a good option for Bryan Cranston, who plays a high school chemistry teacher that turned into a ruthless crime and drug lord after five seasons of “Breaking Bad” on AMC.
During the hilarious opening segment of the new season on “Saturday Night Live,” Paul stated on air, “I had this friend and he got sick. Like, cancer cancer sick. But because there wasn’t Obamcare, he couldn’t afford treatments. So he was like, backed into a corner,” Paul quipped.
“And keep in mind – this man was a teacher with a family,” Obama retorted.
“So, he did what any of us would have done. He started cooking meth,” Aaron answered back. “And soon it wasn’t just meth. It was murder. And not regular murder. Like—he blew half a guy’s face off.”
A horrified Obama stated, “I think we can wrap this up.”
The “Hollywood Reporter” posted on Saturday that Paul went on to ask the audience if anyone wanted to know what happened to his friend, but the collective live audience shouted back, “No!”
The “New York Post” added that Aaron Paul stole the spotlight from the first host of the 39th season, Tina Fey. Regarding the “SNL” cold open with Aaron Paul and the current controversy of Obamacare, Dan Good from the “Post,” joked on Sept. 29, “Blame health care on Heisenberg.”
Paul also starred an “e-meth” skit spoofing electronic cigarettes – as well as a “Weekend Update” segment.
The “SNL” cameos come less than 24 hours ahead of the series finale for “Breaking Bad.”
Reaction to Paul’s surprise appearances immediately went viral. Below are a few Twitter posts from Saturday night, as reported by Twitchy.
- “This SNL season is off to a good start. That Jesse Pinkman cameo was classic.”
- “Will there be a 3 am phone call from the White House to SNL executives?”
- “10 bucks says Obama is on the phone right now demanding to host #SNL next week.”
- “SNL skit on Obamacare was a classic.”
- “Did you just hear the Obama rip on SNL?”
- “Wow.. Tina Fey is hosting ans SNL opted out of making fun of Sarah Palin to open up in favor of tearing Barack Obama apart on Obamacare.”
“Saturday Night Live,” NBC’s Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase, premiered its 39th season on Sept. 28 with five new cast members including Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O’Brien, Noel Wells and Brooks Wheelan.
Since its inception in 1975, “SNL” has launched the careers of many of the brightest comedy performers of their generation. As The “New York Times” noted on the occasion of the show’s Emmy-winning 25th Anniversary special in 1999, “in defiance of both time and show business convention, ‘SNL’ is still the most pervasive influence on the art of comedy in contemporary culture.” At the close of the century, “Saturday Night Live” placed seventh on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the Top 100 Entertainers of the past fifty years.
The program has won 36 Emmy Awards and now holds the title for the most nominated television show in Emmy history with 156 nominations. “SNL” has been honored twice, in 1990 and 2009, with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and cited as “truly a national institution.”
“Breaking Bad” won the 2013 Emmy Award for Best Drama. The series finale, titled “Felina,” written and directed by genius Vince Gilligan, airs at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, Sept. 30 on AMC.
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