'SNL' gives WikiLeaks the TMZ treatment
December 6th, 2010
12:14 PM ET

'SNL' gives WikiLeaks the TMZ treatment

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be one of the most controversial men in America but he helped "Saturday Night Live" score its best ratings this season, reports Deadline.com.

This weekend's opening sketch featured cast member Bill Hader as Australian Assange, introducing his latest scandal-sleuthing project, "WikiLeaks: TMZ."

"Hello, America, I'm Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, and I've taken over your airwaves," announces Assange as he interrupts a speech by President Obama (Fred Armisen). "This week, my organization released thousands of classified cables, revealing embarrassing details about the international diplomatic community. The leaks did not inspire revolution as I had hoped so tonight I present a new WikiLeaks, where the leaks are even more embarrassing and the details are even more sordid."

That project is "WikiLeaks: TMZ."

Assange is then seen in a newsroom a la "TMZ" host Harvey Levin with his team informing him of the latest scandals they've captured on camera.

Among the gems: Muammar Gaddafi (Armisen) leaving a Libyan restaurant with his sexy Ukranian nurse (Kristen Wiig), who reveals that she's also a prostitute; Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai claiming he doesn't take bribes as his briefcase splits open and cash spills out; and Hillary Clinton (Vanessa Bayer) exiting a car in a skirt, which reveals that she's not wearing underwear.

Before launching into "SNL's" signature "Live from New York…" and introducing host Robert DeNiro, Assange reminds viewers, "No matter how I die, it was murder."


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    April 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tmz what does it stand for

    In these times of very real problem and short awareness spans, scams come and go on a daily basis as the advertising rss feeds in sensationalist news. These are similar to ...Funny pictures

    February 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Julian Assange

    I have information on myself that would bring about my downfall..

    December 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Julian Assange

    I hope they give me a good pat down when they arrest me..it won't be a weapon in my pocket they will be feeling....It will be me "happy" to see them...hhheeeeyyy!!!!!...I am even smarter than what my mother thinks!!

    December 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Free the Leaf

    Free the Leaks!!!!

    cannabis=industry.medicine.peace
    http://www.facebook.com/free.the.leaf

    December 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    I like how we can't catch a real terrorist like Osama, so now Assange is somehow our biggest enemy. There's an old saying about when the news is bad, you take it out on the messenger...

    December 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. goodflagbetsy

    here's more – http://littledebbieoatmealcookie.wordpress.com/found-nude-in-manhatten/ ... maybe assange is the gnat? funny

    December 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SNLFan4Ever

    "OOOOOOEEEEEE, Wassup wit dat? Wassup wit dat? " I hate that skit... so boring!.... but c'mon guys, Bobby was somewhat funny in that Diddy recording studio skit. Also, I love the Vennedeci skit, it is Always hilarious with monahan.

    December 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeNiro Dinero

      Whats up wit dat is hilarious because it is so stupid. C'mon who doesn't love a non-speaking Lindsey Buckingham impression...

      December 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Julian Assange

    I am doing all of this is for Snooki.....because she is so thin and beautiful.

    December 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LiberalNN

    Hooray for the liberals' new hero, Assange! He hates America and is hell bent on making our country weaker and liberals love him for it! Yes, Assange takes Obama's place as the the liberals #1 hero because Obama wasn't ruining the country fast enough! Congratulations to liberals everywhere!

    December 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Julian Assange

    I feel so naughty....going "Commando" all day!!..hope my mommy isn't reading this....lol

    December 6, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Julian Assange

    I want to fly to the moon with Lance Bass..

    December 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Julian Assange

    The only reason I am releasing all of this information is because I have a major crush on Snooki...If she does not date me I will release information that will damage her reputation!!

    December 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. snl is funny

    Whoops, realized johnny bananas named all those folks,not riley. doing this on my mobile and it's hard to decipher. plus the traffic keeps distracting me (beeps horn).

    December 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jonus

    who is this thing call SNL , who is TMZ -why people use acronyms without defining them , bafoons like me dont get it
    is it a drug or medicae treatment

    December 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. snl is funny

    Riley, everyone you named is a star BECAUSE of SNL. They weren't stars to begin with. If you don't think it's funny, watch something else, they won't mind.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. maria

    The problem is if Fox is wrong. Why won't anyone call(the gov has there number) and tell them and us ? Theydon't. And I can say the same about you beliving the left and the goverment.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • division

      The real problem is, i believe, that they encourage radical division of the people. Neither extremes of our partisan political system speak much truth. The way we elect our representatives needs to be changed, me thinks. Having to pick between the lesser of two evils is beyond frustrating.

      December 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Maria, you poor thing. You should leave Gomer, he's not good enough for you. Then try reading a book (not Sarah's). And please put down the tea. It's poison.

      December 6, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  18. johnny bananas

    Robert Deniro wasn't bad on SNL. SNL was bad on RD. That show sucks so bad it's embarrassing to watch. A star like him on that piece of crud show and they dress him up like my gramma Shirley (may she r.i.p.) The writing is so horrible I can't believe they're still on the air. Not even close to one star on that show. Too bad. That show was once the show to watch. Eddie, Belushi, Martin, Murray, Gilda, Carvey, Meyers, Chase, Farley. Who the F are those people on that show now?? They couldn't pour me a cup a joe at starbucks right let alone make me laugh. rip snl.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julian Assange

      That was kind of harsh. the show has had good writing lately, but Saturday's was a cowpie. You figured that they could have used his talents a bit better, but no they fumbled.

      December 6, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      By Gilda, I think you meant Radner, since the rest of your list is last names...

      December 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Roomie Rob

    I still haven't seen it. Hopefully I'll get the chance to on Hulu. I heard from people that it wasn't that funny to begin with, which is disappointing. I haven't seen very comical skits on SNL since Betty White hosted.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Fenarkleman

    I like Cap 'N Crunch. And none of you..not one of you...far right wingers can stop me. Harp all you want about your false calls for stopping government intervention in our lives, except when we want to end un-imaginable pain. So my Cap'N Crunch is my Cap'N Crunch. You can't have any. You can't stop me from liking it. So there. Deal with that.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  21. scott

    The cia is going to go jason bourne on julian assanges ass! They'll make it look like he died in a fire or something. I bet our government already has vans outside his hideout waiting to nab him as soon as congress passes the resolution to make wiki leaks a terror group. Onvce that happens julian assange will never have existed.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Downey Jr.

      No, the Guv'ment will call up Iron Man to take care of wikileaks. Mo-ron.

      December 6, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sawney

      Right, because our government was so good at catching osama...

      December 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Andy

    Assange is a hypocrite. He says secrets are never a good thing yet he won't even reveal his location.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Oh, so true. He does understand the value of keeping secrets – when his life and freedom are at stake.

      December 6, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Ray

    SNL is still on the air? This show has been unfunny for many years and is an embarassment for Lorne Michaels. The only time it receives any attention is when the non-talented writers and players find a polictical subject and try to apply its absurd sense of humor to dimwits that still watch the show.

    Go off the air or bring back the high standards of comedy that use to be the shows forte.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee8th

      He's producing a show that his grandkids are supposed to find funny.....he's the Hugh Heffner of comedy: has to prove to the world that he's still "got it".

      December 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shug

      The last time SNL was funny for more than 15 minutes was when Eddie Murphy was a regular.

      December 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mark D

    Opening scene was funny but that was it. Poor Robert. His acting comes from the cutting room floor. He was bad.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  25. John Thomas

    What's funny is how the media is ignoring all the illegal things governments around the world are currently doing to try and kill the website.
    I guess it will become the new norm for government, when someone publish something you don't like just DOS their site.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      Hey John these wiki leaks have seriously compromised our national security and are going to get people killed. I am all for freedom of the press too but if you think they should leave that website alone then your a moron.

      December 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • riley

      Well, that is what Obama is trying to do to FOX news. He doesnt like the truth being told, so he figures just get rid of it. Freedom of Speech (and common sense) should apply to all.

      December 6, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • riley

      I agree with Rob. Sometimes you have to use common sense along with Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion and....
      People are just so used to getting what they want and not caring about the consequences (or atleast what the consequences used be). As a country, we don't even have a conscience or morals to go along with it anymore. Anything goes.Sad.

      December 6, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • seraphim0

      Riley- Really? The President dissed Fox because they are nothing but a republican propaganda machine and have been spreading misinformation. He hasn't done a single thing to try to shut them down. Get it through your head. If you think Fox speaks the truth, you are in serious need of some real perspective.

      December 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • riley

      @seraphim0 and just what is CNN? Communist News Network. Fox news uncovers the lies that are told by the liberals. What is the old saying, The hit dog always yelps. Here is some real perspective: I believe that unborn babies have more rights that animals. I believe that victims have more rights than the convicted. I believe that if a person can work, he or she should and not depend on the Government. I believe in a hand up not a hand out. I believe that parents should raise their own kids, not the school system. I don't believe that you should do things just because it feels "good". Sometimes doing the right thing isn't easy. I believe you dont take what is not yours. I believe in marriage. I believe that we have border patrol for a reason and that anyone breaking the law should face the consequences. I believe that there is a God. If you don't, that's okay. I would just hope I am wrong for your sake. But see, none of these things probably matter to many people. They have lost (or never had) a moral compass.

      December 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snacklefish

      @Riley – Wow, that's like all of my conservative friends' bios on Facebook – except you forgot the "If you like this hit the Like button" part.

      December 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • veber

      @riley: is that what you really believe or is that what Fox News told you what to believe? :P
      so when people have their brainwashed ... how would they know they're being brainwashed?

      riley

      @seraphim0 and just what is CNN? Communist News Network. Fox news uncovers the lies that are told by the liberals. What is the old saying, The hit dog always yelps. Here is some real perspective: I believe that unborn babies have more rights that animals. I believe that victims have more rights than the convicted. I believe that if a person can work, he or she should and not depend on the Government. I believe in a hand up not a hand out. I believe that parents should raise their own kids, not the school system. I don't believe that you should do things just because it feels "good". Sometimes doing the right thing isn't easy. I believe you dont take what is not yours. I believe in marriage. I believe that we have border patrol for a reason and that anyone breaking the law should face the consequences. I believe that there is a God. If you don't, that's okay. I would just hope I am wrong for your sake. But see, none of these things probably matter to many people. They have lost (or never had) a moral compass.

      December 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Pat

    I wonder if Americans would still be appluading WikiLeaks if they were releasing Nuclear Launch Codes...

    December 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Bone crusha

    Not as funny as the upcoming assassination of assange!

    December 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Mitchell

    Not really a laughing matter. Kind of pathetic how everything needs to be turned into entertainment in this country.

    December 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      You're funny.

      December 6, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Various_Authors

      You're absolutely right, Mitchell, and it's probably the main reason most American laugh everything off and expect the world to get back to normal at any time. Even on legitimate news shows, you'll see a serious, world impacting story, followed immediately by a comical commercial. The result: people like Will.

      December 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • HarshReality

      Lighten up ! Don't like it, don't watch it !

      December 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • relaxed

      don't be so serious. laughter is important for your well being. SNL is not CNN. so just relax, you'll live longer.

      December 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      I think it's funny. If you can't laugh at yourself what can you laugh at?

      December 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      It doesn't "need" to be Mitchell...it is called comic relief. The word "pathetic" applies to those who are humorless, you for instance.

      December 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally on the bus

      Bite. Me.

      December 6, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      It was the best part of the show! The only really funny part I think and I wouldn't say pathetic. I think the point SNL was making in doing the skit is that Mr. Assange's intent kind of backfired and wasn't as damaging. In fact, it made the State Dept look good in most aspects thatmatter.
      I'm sure some of those Arab leaders that made commenst about Iran aren't laughing either.

      December 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Agreed Mitchell. More bread and circuses. Media distractions.

      Pete (http://www.petethottam.com)

      December 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • nuttocks

      Sorry you don't like humor. Have fun sitting in your room with the blinds down listening to the Cure.

      December 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  29. El Jefe

    The TMZ skit was funny, unfortunately it was the funniest skit in the show by far. Kind of disappointing, I thought having Bob DeNiro as host would kick the writing up a notch. Nope...

    December 6, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ManOhMan

      DeNiro doesn't have the personality to carry a live TV show. He is a great actor, but he is one of the most boring talk show/live tv guests of all time. Watch a few of his interviews (like his last time on Jimmy Fallon) and you'll see what I mean.

      December 6, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • NealR2000

      De Niro has made some highly memorable films, but he is very over-rated. Just like Pacino, he's made a lot of crap between a few classics, and the classics are always gangster roles.

      December 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Gotta agree.

      It was a weak show.

      December 6, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |

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