“SNL” Writer Katie Rich Apologizes For Barron Trump ‘Home-School Shooter’ Tweet
“SNL” writer Katie Rich issued an apology on Monday for saying President Trump’s son Barron would be the first “home-school shooter.” She has also been suspended from “Saturday Night Live,” Gossip Cop confirms.
Rich’s full tweet, sent following Friday’s inauguration, said, “Barron will be this country’s first home-school shooter.” The comedian was immediately hit with a backlash, as many on social media argued that it was inappropriate to make comments about the president’s 10-year-old son. The strong response led Rich to make both her Twitter and Facebook accounts inactive.
But she returned to Twitter on Monday with an apology. “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry,” she wrote.
Gossip Cop has now confirmed with a person familiar with the situation that Rich has been suspended from “SNL” indefinitely, a decision that was made “immediately” after she sent the original tweet. The apology, and the update on Rich’s status with the program, comes nearly two days after her name was absent from the show’s credits this past Saturday night. The writer, who previously worked with “SNL” star Cecily Strong at Chicago’s “Second City,” has been with the program since 2013.
Among those who have been coming to Barron’s defense is former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, whose mom Hillary, of course, unsuccessfully ran against Trump for the presidency. She tweeted on Sunday, “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.” She added, however, “Standing up for every kid also means opposing @POTUS policies that hurt kids.”
Barron was previously at the center of a controversy not of his own doing last year when a YouTube user posted a video speculating he suffers from autism. The clip was removed after mom Melania Trump, now First Lady, threatened to file a lawsuit. Rosie O’Donnell subsequently apologized for sharing the video on Twitter.