Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich, who joked that Donald Trump’s son Barron “will be this country’s first homeschool shooter,” has been indefinitely suspended from her position, Heat Street has learned.
During the inauguration ceremony on Friday, the SNL writer tweeted: “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter”—sparking instant fury on social media. A petition on change.org urging the network to drop the writer was launched, and got more than 38,000 signatures.
Rich, 33, joined the Saturday Night Live writers team back in December 2013, after being recommended by the star of the show, Cecily Strong. She worked exclusively on SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment. In 2015, in group with other show’s writers, she was nominated for a “Writer’s Guild Award for Comedy/Variety”. The writer also appeared in several movies such as Ice Harvest and Bad Johnson as an actress.
Speculation that the writer has been fired from Saturday Night Live gained traction after this weekend’s show with Aziz Ansari didn’t include her name in the credits. NBC declined to comment on the situation, according to Fox. The official page of Saturday Night Live still lists Rich as a writer for the show.
An NBC source familiar with the situation, however, told Heat Street that Katie Rich was immediately suspended from her position and that the suspension is indefinite.
NBC insiders said this is tantamount a firing, though it’s remotely possible Rich could be reinstated once the uproar subsides.
Rich issued an apology an hour ago, saying: “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”