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Jim Carrey Exits SNL Joe Biden Role

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Jim Carrey tweeted just before the final live 2020 SNL telecast hosted by Kristen Wiig announcing that he is retiring his role as President Elect Biden.

“Though my term was only meant to be 6 weeks, I was thrilled to be elected as your SNL President…comedy’s highest call of duty,” Carrey tweeted. “I would love to go forward knowing that Biden was the victor because I nailed that s***. But I am just one in a long line of proud, fighting SNL Bidens!”

Carrey played Biden for six episodes leading up to the 2020 presidential election and first episode after the election. Carrey was a surprising choice to play Biden considering efforts from others like Woody Harrelson and former cast member Jason Sudeikis.


All the excitement of Carrey playing Biden was there, but his performance garnered mixed reviews despite Carrey’s comedic chops. He just didn’t click into the role. It’s unfortunate but sometimes that happens.

“It sounded like a great get at first. Here was a big-time star that could balance out the heft of Alec Baldwin’s Trump. But after three episodes, Carrey still hasn’t managed to break through,” Vanity Fair wrote in October. “Maybe he’s too physical a performer, or too needy a showman, to capture the flapjack earnestness of the former vice president.”

The L.A. Times concurred writing in November that “despite the aviator glasses, silver hair and ‘here’s the deal’ phraseology, the gregarious Carrey has had a hard time exploiting Biden’s demeanor on the national stage this year — deliberate, controlled and understated.”

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