SNL always experiences an uptick in viewers during an election, but the show had a noteworthy increase in ratings thanks to its coverage of the 2016 election. News and big headlines came in at a fast pace, meaning SNL had no shortage of content. This is what caused the show to become an entirely different beast, according to Bobby Moynihan. Rewrites and changes are a fixture of SNL’s process, but Moynihan reflected to EW that so much news was coming in on a daily basis that they would be changing cold opens on Saturday morning. If there was any year of SNL to not miss, it was that one, and Moynihan was happy he stuck around for one more year.

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