‘Saturday Night Live’ writer suspended over ‘insensitive’ Barron Trump tweet

Posted at 6:35 PM, Jan 23, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: U.S. President Donald Trump stands with his son Barron Trump inside of the inaugural parade reviewing stand in front of the White House on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation's 45th president today. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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A writer for “Saturday Night Live” has been suspended for a tweet that ridiculed Barron Trump, the youngest son of President Donald Trump.

The “SNL” writer, Katie Rich, has been suspended indefinitely, according to a person familiar with the situation.

NBC, which airs “SNL,” had no comment on the suspension.

During Trump’s inauguration on Friday, Rich sent out a tweet that mocked Barron Trump, who is 10 years old. The tweet was widely criticized by many on social media.

The backlash went as far as an online petition that called for NBC to fire Rich. That petition has so far accumulated more than 85,000 signatures on online petition site

Rich ultimately deleted the tweet as well as her Twitter account, which she then reactivated on Monday in order to post an apology.

“I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet,” Rich tweeted. “I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”

President Trump has been on the attack against “SNL” throughout the season in large part thanks to the show’s unflattering depiction of him via Alec Baldwin. He has called the show “unwatchable,” “not funny,” and “biased.”

Baldwin will be hosting the February 11 episode of “SNL,” NBC announced on Monday.

"Saturday Night Live" has suspended writer, Katie Rich, for a tweet that ridiculed Barron Trump, the youngest son of President Donald Trump. Rich posted an apology on Twitter.