Alec Baldwin says Trump was invited to his 'SNL' episode


Alec Baldwin was ready to do his Trump impression for the president.

The actor, who famously impersonates President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, says he and NBC invited the real Trump to attend the night Baldwin hosted the show earlier this year.

By the Feb. 11 episode, Baldwin had long been lampooning Trump on the NBC sketch series much to Trump's dismay, also helping to contribute to SNL's ratings boon of the 2016-2017season. So it comes as little surprise that Trump declined the invitation.

"When I hosted, we asked him and invited him to come [to the show]," Baldwin told Ellen DeGeneres while visiting her talk show Wednesday. "We were so hopeful he would come, but he didn't show up."

The Ellen DeGeneres Show host said she has never invited Trump to come on her show and added, "I can't imagine the two of you next to each other."

Trump, who first hosted SNL in 2004, also led an episode as then-Republican presidential candidate in late 2015. NBC declined to comment on the recent invitation.

See photos of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump:

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1742 'Chadwick Boseman' -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during 'Trump Baltic States Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, April 7, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1734 -- Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jones as Omarosa Manigault, Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during 'White House Tree Trimming Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, December 16, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1734 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump, Cecily Strong as First Lady Melania Trump, Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump during 'White House Tree Trimming Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, December 16, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1732 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cecily Strong as First Lady Melania Trump, Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during 'White House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, December 2, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1732 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump, Mikey Day as Michael Flynn during 'White House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, December 2, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1732 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during 'White House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, December 2, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1729 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President, Donald J. Trump, Kate McKinnon as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, Alex Moffat as Paul Manafort, Beck Bennett as Vice President, Mike Pence during 'Manafort's House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, November 4, 2017 -- (Photo by: (Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1729 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Moffat as Paul Manafort, Alec Baldwin as President, Donald J. Trump during 'Manafort's House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, November 4, 2017 -- (Photo by: (Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kumail Nanjiani' Episode 1728 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during 'Trucker Rally Cold Open' on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Studio 8H -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Ryan Gosling' Episode 1726 -- Pictured: (l-r) Aidy Bryant as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Alec Baldwin as President of the United States Donald Trump during 'Cold Open' in studio 8H on September 30, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Dwayne Johnson' Episode 1725 -- Pictured: (l-r) advisor Steve Bannon, Aidy Bryant as Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Beck Bennett as Vice President Pence, Cecily Strong as First Lady Melania Trump, Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump, Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump, Kate McKinnon as Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day in 'Hallelujah Cold Open' in Studio 8H on May 20, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Melissa McCarthy' Episode 1724 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during 'Spicer Returns' in Studio 8H on May 13, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Melissa McCarthy' Episode 1724 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during 'Spicer Returns' in Studio 8H on May 13, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jimmy Fallon' Episode 1722 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jimmy Fallon as Jared Kushner, and Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Trump Cold Open' sketch on April 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1721 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Trump People's Cold Open' on April 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Scarlett Johansson' Episode 1720 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Alien Attack' Cold Open on March 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Alec Baldwin' Episode 1718 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Trump People's Court' sketch on February 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Felicity Jones' Episode 1715 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cecily Strong as a lawyer and Alec Baldwin as President Elect Donald J. Trump during the Trump Press Conference Cold Open on January 14th, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Wiig' Episode 1711 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Beck Bennett as Mike Pence during the 'Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open' sketch on November 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Wiig' Episode 1711 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Bobby Moynihan as Peter Chocksell during the 'Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open' sketch on November 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Wiig' Episode 1711 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump during the 'Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open' sketch on November 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emma Stone' Episode 1712 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, and Beck Bennett as Mike Pence during the 'Classroom Cold Open' sketch on December 3, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Casey Affleck' Episode 1714 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, and Cecily Strong as Melania Trump during the 'Donald Trump Christmas Cold Open' sketch on December 17, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Casey Affleck' Episode 1714 -- Pictured: (l-r) John Goodman as Rex Tillerson, Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump during the 'Donald Trump Christmas Cold Open' sketch on December 17, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) A Ku Klux Klan member and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Alex Schaefer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Alex Schaefer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Margot Robbie' Episode 1705 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 1, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Margot Robbie' Episode 1705 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 1, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Lin-Manuel Miranda' Episode 1706 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Prudential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'VP Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 8, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emily Blunt' Episode 1707 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emily Blunt' Episode 1707 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emily Blunt' Episode 1707 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Baldwin, who has remained vague about whether or not he and his alter-ego will return to SNL after this season wraps May 20, told DeGeneres that he initially had no interest in playing the now-president.

"I don't want to play Trump. That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life. Nobody wants to be Trump or play him on a show," he recalled telling SNL creator Lorne Michaels when he was first approached last summer. But then the movie Baldwin was planning to begin shooting fell through. "Finally, one day I picked up the phone and said, 'I'm Trump, here I come.'"

Despite their frequent Twitter wars, Baldwin still hasn't seen Trump in person since he began the impression, explaining to DeGeneres that Trump is the type of New Yorker who would only do a drive-by to society events and isn't one to hang around and rub shoulders.

After demonstrating his Trump face, he added that he's happy the White House Correspondents' Dinner didn't have him host in Trump's absence — instead, he delivered a very brief message via video while in Trump character. "They tried to keep it a little bit more informed," he said, praising the event. "I can't imagine what it would be like if I ran into him."

See photos of Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live" through the years:
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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/03/2004 -- Pictured: Host Donald Trump during the monologue on April 3, 2004 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/03/2004 -- Pictured: (l-r) Darrell Hammond, Donald Trump during the monologue on April 3, 2004 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/03/2004 -- Pictured: (l-r) Donald Trump, Darrell Hammond as Regis Philbin, Amy Poehler as Kelly Ripa during the 'Live with Regis & Kelly' skit on April 3, 2004 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/03/2004 -- Pictured: Donald Trump during the 'Donald Trump's House of Wings' skit on April 3, 2004 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/03/2004 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Poehler, Kenan Thompson, Donald Trump, Seth Meyers, Maya Rudolph during the 'Donald Trump's House of Wings' skit on April 3, 2004 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/03/2004 -- Pictured: (l-r) George Ross, Donald Trump, Carolyn Kepcher during 'The Apprentice' skit on April 3, 2004 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/03/2004 -- Pictured: Host Donald Trump during the monologue on April 3, 2004 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/03/2004 -- Pictured: (l-r) Donald Trump as Jerry the Janitor, Darrell Hammond as Donald Trump during 'The Prince and the Pauper' skit on April 3, 2004 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/03/2004 -- Pictured: (l-r) Seth Meyers as Peter Fleck, Donald Trump as Gary Fleck during the 'Father and Sons' skit on April 3, 2004 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/03/2004 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Poehler as Carolyn Kepcher, Donald Trump during 'The Apprentice Band' skit on April 3, 2004 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Air Date 04/03/2004 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bootsy Collins, Donald Trump and Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals on April 3, 2004 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Donald Trump' Episode 1687 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cecily Strong, Donald Trump on November 3, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Donald Trump' Episode 1687 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sia, Donald Trump, and Kate McKinnon on November 5, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Donald Trump' Episode 1687 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bobby Moynihan as Ronald McDonald McTrump, Vanessa Bayer, Donald Trump, and Cecily Strong during the 'Porn Stars' sketch on November 7, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Donald Trump' Episode 1687 -- Pictured: (l-r) Donald Trump and Kenan Thompson as Toots Hibbert during the 'Toots Song Intro' sketch on November 7, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Donald Trump' Episode 1687 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sasheer Zamata as Omarosa, Bobby Moynihan, Donald Trump as the President of The United States, Cecily Strong as Melania Trump, Kenan Thompson, and Kyle Mooney during the 'White House' sketch on November 7, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Donald Trump' Episode 1687 -- Pictured: (l-r) Taran Killam, Donald Trump, and Darrell Hammond during the monologue on November 7, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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