Saturday Night Live has cast a new Joe Biden star hours after Jim Carrey announced he’d departed from the role.
The show’s resident star Alex Moffat portrayed the new President-elect of the United States during last night’s final episode of the year, shortly after Carrey confirmed his departure from the show.
It’s not yet been revealed whether Moffat’s Biden will be a permanent fixture.
Carrey took to social media, stating that he’d only been signed for six weeks.
‘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.
‘I would love to go forward knowing that Biden was the victor because I nailed that sh*t. But I am just one in a long line of proud, fighting SNL Bidens!’
Moffat made his debut as Biden in the cold open sketch alongside Beck Bennett as Vice President Mike Pence, Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani, Kenan Thompson as Dr. Ben Carson and guest star Maya Rudolph as Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.
The skit saw Pence and his wife Karen (played by Lauren Holt) receive the coronavirus vaccine live on national television.
Moffat’s performance was praised on Twitter, with many thrilled that an SNL cast member had taken the role.
‘I’m glad they gave the Biden role to a cast member! Alex Moffat is so underrated as a comedian,’ one enthused.
Echoing a similar sentiment, another penned: ‘Alex Moffat is a GREAT choice for Biden. Looks and acts just like him.’
Moffat has been a part of the series for five seasons.
He first joined as a featured player in 2016 and for the past three seasons, he’s been part of the show’s repertory cast.
Saturday Night Live airs on NBC in the US.
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