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Dave Chapelle pretty much singlehandedly sent Saturday Night Live ratings through the roof, allowing the late-night comedy program to reach new records.

Last week’s episode, with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest, aired just days after the nation shockingly elected Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. So, whoever was going to take the stage needed to come with some real fire — and Chapelle did just that. But would you expect otherwise?

According to Live+Same Day ratings from Nielsen, the November 12 episode had the most viewers and highest ratings since 2013, when Jimmy Fallon hosted and Justin Timberlake was the musical guest.

In case you missed it, Chapelle’s opening monologue was complete with quips, jabs and, of course, constant reminders that somehow the people of this nation put Trump in the Oval.

“America’s done it, we’ve actually elected an Internet troll as our president,” the comedian said. “The whites are serious. Never seen anything like it. Haven’t seen white people this sad since the O.J.”

Chapelle went on to joke about other major current events, including the killing of Harambe the gorilla and Black Lives Matter. “Why do we have to say that Black lives matter? I admit, that’s not the best slogan, but McDonald’s already took ‘you deserve a break today.'”

The comedian was a fan pleaser, but it turns out, viewers didn’t get a chance to see all the tricks Chapelle had up his sleeve. There was one skit cut from the show that showed the 43-year-old as an arrogant swan.

In the visual, titled “Motel Painting,” the swan, voiced by Chapelle, is situated in a motel painting surrounded by water and ducks. The ducks seem to think the swan isn’t pulling his weight around the pond. “Oh, wait, I’m sorry, do you have a long, gorgeous neck?” Chappelle says. “Have you inspired countless ballets?”

The ducks clap back, “There was one ballet.”

“And what was it called?” Chappelle says. “It wasn’t called Duck Lake.” 

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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