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Trump's Call to Cancel Saturday Night Live Isn't the First Time Comics Got Under His Skin

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Nearly a year after hosting iconic sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, Donald Trump has turned the tables: he wants the show canceled.

After a third-week of lampooning at the hands of SNL — with Alec Baldwin earning raves as the businessman — Trump angrily took to Twitter, writing, “Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”

The annoyed mogul has been at odds with satire of his bombastic personality before, though.

He’s been angered by Late Night host Seth Meyers, who showed Trump no mercy during the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Afterwards, Trump was not pleased with the jokes about his Obama birth certificate conspiracy, telling Fox and Friends, “I thought Seth Meyers — his delivery frankly was not good. He’s a stutterer.”

Nor has Trump, 70, also ever been a good sport about ex-Daily Show commander Jon Stewart‘s relentless teasing.

In a 2013 tweet, which was labeled by many as anti-Semitic, Trump wrote of the comedian, “I promise you that I’m much smarter than Jonathan Leibowitz – I mean Jon Stewart @TheDailyShow. Who, by the way, is totally overrated.”

Stewart retaliated on air by announcing that Trump’s birth name was “F— Face Von Clownstick” — a throwaway joke that devolved into an all out feud between the stars, The Hollywood Reporter said.

“What’s funny about the name ‘F— Face Von Clownstick’ — it was not coined by Jon Leibowitz — he stole it from some moron on Twitter. If Jon Stewart is so above it all & legit, why did he change his name from Jonathan Leibowitz?” Trump wrote on the social media site. “He should be proud of his heritage! Jon Stewart @TheDailyShow is a total phony – he should cherish his past — not run from it.”

Not to be outdone, The Daily Show retorted, “Can’t an overrated Jew have a complicated relationship with his dad without being accused of hiding his heritage?”

Trump took things to the next level with comedian Bill Maher, suing him that same year for a joke challenging the businessman to prove he’s not the “spawn of his mother having sex with orangutan,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit was later withdrawn.

At the time, Maher said of the suit, “This is known as parody, and it’s a form of something we in the comedy business call a joke. Just like we’re the gun country, we’re the joke country. We love our free speech and we love celebrities getting taken down a peg. So Don, just suck it up like everybody else.”

During Trump’s first — brief — Presidential run, Lewis Black faced similar backlash from the businessman for a skit he did on The Daily Show.

Evan Vucci/AP
Evan Vucci/AP

“I did a piece about him in 2011 on how what America needs is a banana republic dictator,” Black told The Daily Beast last month. “His assistant called my assistant, said he wanted to talk to me. At first, it was like, ‘What? Why would he call me? No one ever called me about anything I ever did on The Daily Show. So I said I was too busy and couldn’t talk to him …. A call came the next day — and I just said no. I didn’t want to talk to him to legitimize him.”

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The most recent ordeal should be concerning to Americans, wrote Dean Obeidallah in a blog for CNN.

“We have a rich tradition of comedy shows skewering our politicians,” Obeidallah said. “I can’t recall any President or presidential nominee responding to a TV show mocking him or her by saying it’s time to take that show off the airwaves.”