‘SNL’ tackles the Oscars slap, pokes fun at the award show’s diversity

Xavier Roger


Heidi Gardner and Marcello Hernández took on the Oscars red carpet during the "Saturday Night Live" cold open.

The 2023 Oscars air tonight and a year later, Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 ceremony is still at the top of people’s minds.

Saturday Night Live” leaned into the fear of the unknown at the Academy Awards with a skit posing as Access Hollywood red carpet hosts. Marcello Hernandez played Mario Lopez while Heidi Gardner played “Maria Menounos or Kit Hoover. They haven’t told me which yet.” 

“We are so excited to have been standing outside the Dolby Theatre for almost 153 hours. But it’s all worth it to ask Angela Bassett if she really did the thing,” Hernandez’s Lopez said, referencing Ariana DeBose’s BAFTA’s rap last month. 


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