WATCH: Jimmy Fallon debuts Jared Kushner impression on SNL while Melissa McCarthy returns as Sean Spicer
Saturday Night Live marked Easter with a bang: Jimmy Fallon as a mute Jared Kushner, the return and subsequent elimination of Steve Bannon as the Grim Reaper and Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer dressed as the Easter Bunny.
The opening sequence saw Alec Baldwin reprise his role as US President Donald Trump with Beck Bennett's Vice President Mike Pence.
After a few jokes about Trump's excessive retreats at Mar-a-Lago, Baldwin addressed the behind-the-scenes feud between chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, played on the show by the Grim Reaper and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, played by a mute Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon arrives in a pair of khakis and bulletproof vest emblazoned with his name after the real Kushner was pictured in a near-identical outfit at a military base in Iraq earlier this month.
The onscreen Bannon and Kushner engage in an America's Next Top Model-style elimination round between the two.
"Jared, I’ve sent you all around the world to represent me, but no one’s ever heard you speak. You’re like a little Jewish Amélie. Steve, you may be smart, but I once walked in on you eating a live pig in the Roosevelt Room," Baldwin says.
"There's been a lot of drama in the house. But one of you has to go. It's elimination night."
Baldwin adds that the loser must "join Kellyanne Conway in the basement" after his elimination. "But don't worry, your journey doesn't end tonight — because you'll get to come back and decide if I go to prison."
After eventually choosing a still-silent Fallon and showing him to his desk in the Oval Office, he adds: "Jared, you’re such as inspiration. You showed everybody that if you were born rich and married my daughter, you can do anything you want...Just fix everything, okay?"
Later in the show, Melissa McCarthy returned for her now infamous portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, this time dressed as the Easter bunny in an attempt to apologise for his gaffes about Hitler and concentration camps when speaking about last week's chemical attack in Syria.
"Yes, you all got your wish this week, didn’t you, huh? Spicey finally made a mistake. As you all know, President Trump recently bombed Syria while eating the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake America has ever laid eyes on. That’s a fact!”
"I know they’re not really called Holocaust centers. Duh! I know that. I’m aware. I clearly meant to say concentration...clubs."
It wasn't the only topical controversy she took aim at, adding: "I am sensitive to the fact that they were sent there on trains. But, hey, at least they didn’t have to fly United, am I right?
"That one just jumped. That one just jumped right out of my mouth.”