"Saturday Night Live" did a Prince tribute show that is getting mixed reviews.
Fans are complaining on Twitter about the second half of this week's broadcast, which ended with a compilation of old sketches built around "The Prince Show," featuring former cast member Fred Armisen impersonating the pop star.
The tribute show started off with an intro from an emotional Jimmy Fallon. It then moved into a series of memorable SNL performances by the late icon, who died on Thursday at the age of 57. Included was a bootleg of an invitation-only jam that Prince did for "SNL's" 40th anniversary show, with former cast members Fallon and Maya Rudolph, among others, joining onstage for "Let's Go Crazy."
Prince and Beyonce at the 2004 Grammys:
But when they ran out of Prince's musical material, the NBC show turned to its vault of sketches that spoofed the musician — to the dismay of many fans. A series of sketches showed Armisen doing his doe-eyed Prince impersonation, opposite Maya Rudolph as Beyonce and, in one bit, Shia LaBeouf as Tobey Maguire (seen in the video at the top of this post).
Here is a sampling of the vitriol:
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