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Seth Meyers Returns To 'Weekend Update' Desk After Years Away From 'SNL'

Michael Che also dropped an uncensored N-word in what he said was one of his four contractually allowed uses this season.

It was just like old times when former “Saturday Night Live” head writer and “Weekend Update” co-host Seth Meyers was back at the desk, this time joining anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost for a special “SNL” edition of “Really!?!” 

It was Meyers’ first time back on “Saturday Night Live” since leaving to host “Late Night With Seth Meyers” in 2014. 

The trio skewered the Kanye West and Donald Trump meeting in the Oval Office Thursday. Commenting on a photo of Trump and West hugging, Meyers noted: “Man, it is so rare that you can see black people and white supremacists betrayed in the exact same moment.”

Jost said West prepared for the meeting by “learning every fact in the world backwards, while Trump prepared by clearing his desk of any valuables.”

An unexpected moment came as Che joked about the Oval Office meeting, asking, “How much does this nigga owe in taxes?” (Che added that he is contractually allowed four uncensored uses of the word this season. It was unclear whether Che was being serious, but Meyers joked that he hadn’t been allowed to use it even once.)

Earlier, in the opening monologue, Meyers shared an interesting theory about why West interrupted Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech after receiving a Video Music Award in 2009. Meyers said two years before that West appeared in a sketch on “SNL” — repeatedly interrupting people receiving awards.

“We pitched him a sketch wherein he would interrupt different award show speeches saying they had made a mistake and he should have won,” Meyers said. “And Kanye said, ‘That’s hilarious, because I’d do that.’ Which is good self-awareness.”

“Kanye did a sketch about how crazy it was he interrupted speeches and then two years later, he was at an award show and thought, ‘I should do it again,’” said Meyers. “So when people say, ‘Are you surprised Kanye supports Trump?’ I say, ‘No.’” 

Check out Che’s riff above, and Meyers’ theory on West in his monologue below:

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated when Meyers left “SNL.” The story has also been updated to specify that it was unclear whether Che was joking about his contract.

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