'SNL' takes on Smollett controversy in 'Shark Tank' spoof

“Saturday Night Live” dove into the Jussie Smollett mess with a tough “Shark Tank” spoof called “Shark Tank: Legal Edition.” Controversial lawyers — from Michael Avenatti (Pete Davidson) to  Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon) and Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong ) listened to pitches from celebrities in hot water pleading with them to take their cases.

“Hey everybody, you won’t believe this, but I was just attacked outside the studio by Donald Trump himself,” says Chris Redd’s Smollett as the audience groans. The actor has been accused by Chicago police of staging a hate attack on himself because he was unhappy with his salary on “Empire.” When Redd is told there are surveillance cameras outside, he drops his story.

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“Jussie, why exactly are you here today,” asks Davidson’s Avenatti.

“I broke humanity?” Redd’s Smollet responds. “But if you take my case, I’m offering spoilers for the next season of ‘Empire.’ I die.”

Pirro recuses herself because she’s just “too turned on” that a gay black man is in trouble.

Beck Bennett played the first contestant, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was recently charged with solicitation of prostitution.

“Sharks, I am currently in some hot water over an accusation I went to a day spa in Florida and got what turned out to be a not-so happy ending,” explained Bennett’s Kraft. “I am seeking an attorney who will make sure no one sees the video of my 77-year-old pigskin getting tossed around.”

Avenatti later quipped in a tweet that he would play Davidson next week.

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