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Donald Trump Attacks 'SNL' Again: "Really Bad Television!"

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Donald Trump still isn't a fan of Saturday Night Live.

The NBC show returned from its winter holiday break on Saturday to poke fun at the recent news surrounding the president-elect and the recently released, unverified Russian reports that featured such claims as Trump asking prostitutes to perform "golden showers" and his first press conference in nearly half a year.

Once again, Trump took to Twitter to attack the show.

"@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!" Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.

In SNL's cold open, Alec Baldwin as Trump stood at a podium and boasted about his upcoming inauguration and the acts performing: "Hold onto your t--s and bits because we have got 3 Doors Down and the Rockette with the least amount of money in her savings."

He also took questions from the audience, who wanted to address the "golden shower" claims. "I am not talking about the pee pee," Baldwin's Trump said. "It wasn't as cool as it sounds."

Trump has previously expressed his displeasure with SNL and Baldwin's portrayal of him on several occasions. In December, he told Today's Matt Lauer: "Well I hosted SNL when it was a good show. It's not a good show anymore. First of all, nothing to do with me, there's nothing funny about it. The skits are terrible."

Of Baldwin, he said: "I like Alec but his imitation of me is really mean-spirited and not very good. I don't think it's good. And I do like him, I like him as an actor. But I don't think his imitation of me gets me at all and it's meant to be very mean-spirited, which is very biased.

"Frankly, the way the show is going now and you look at the kind of work they're doing, who knows how long that show's going to be on? It's a terrible show."

Another instance, in November, came when Trump tweeted: "It is a totally one-sided, biased show - nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?"

That prompted a response from Baldwin on Twitter, telling Trump to shift his focus away from SNL and toward his presidential duties ahead: "You know what I would do if I were Prez? I'd be focused on how to improve the lives of AS MANY AMERICANS AS POSSIBLE. I'd be focused on improving our reputation abroad, including actually fighting for freedom and not just oil. I would make every effort 2 retrain Americans so 2 cre8 jobs. 1 way u make America gr8 again is 2 put it back 2 work. I would make appointments that encouraged people, not generate fear and doubt."

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