The show's opening skit featured a faux press conference and a musical number, satirizing the recent events surrounding Santos.
Sarah Sherman, playing the role of CNN's Wolf Blitzer, introduced the segment with a breaking news announcement about an impending press conference at the Capitol. The scene then transitioned to Bowen Yang, who portrayed Santos, holding a press conference following the expulsion vote.
Yang, as Santos, declared, “This entire country has been bullying me just because I am a proud gay thief.” This statement was a humorous reference to the House Ethics Committee's investigation into Santos last month.
The committee found that Santos had "blatantly stole from his campaign" and "deceived donors into providing what they thought were contributions to his campaign but were, in fact, payments for his personal benefit." Santos has pleaded not guilty to 23 criminal counts, including allegations of misleading donors, unlawfully receiving unemployment benefits, and unauthorized charges to donors' credit cards.
The House voted to expel Santos with a 311-114-2 vote on Friday.
In the skit, the fictitious Santos humorously demanded reporters' bank routing numbers, mothers' maiden names, and childhood pet names. When questioned about his feelings regarding his expulsion from the House, he retorted, “To hell with Congress, I don’t need them anyway. Because my new movie opened this weekend, it’s called ‘Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce.’”
The skit further escalated when Yang's Santos compared himself to the late Princess Diana and actress Marilyn Monroe. He then announced his intention to perform a self-tribute song. The scene transitioned to Yang at a piano, singing a parody of "Candle in the Wind."
Yang sang, “It seems to me like I’ve lived my life like a scandal in the wind / Never knowing who to cling to when the law closed in.” He continued, “It seems to me like I’ve lived my life like an evil Forrest Gump / I’m the guy who lied even too much for Donald Trump.”