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Natalie Portman’s Return To ‘SNL’ Featured Rap, Jackie O And ‘Stranger Things’

Natalie Portman’s first appearance hosting “Saturday Night Live” in 12 years featured a sequel to her hardcore rap that went viral in 2006.

In her new appearance, the Harvard-educated, Oscar-winning actress made vulgar and often violent references to being a mother, her work with the “Time’s Up” initiative and even the widely-derided “Star Wars” prequels:

The Israeli-American star also played Jacqueline Kennedy — reprising her Oscar-nominated portrayal — for a sketch featuring historical First Ladies like Michelle Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Martha Washington giving advice to Melania Trump:

And Portman portrayed “Eleven” in a sketch parodying the hit Netflix sci-fi show “Stranger Things”:

The episode also featured the returns of Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch as Revolutionary War-era who fight over whether New England or Philadelphia is better — a preview of Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles:

The show also featured a surprising appearance by Louis Farrakhan — or rather, actor Chris Redd playing the Nation of Islam leader who has long been accused of anti-Semitism. The “Weekend Update” segment also featured a clever joke from Colin Jost on the rumored sequel to Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”: “Get ready to see ‘I Still Know What Jews Did Last Summer.’”

Contact Aiden Pink at or on Twitter, @aidenpink




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