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Ken Jeong, George Takei Among Celeb Suggestions for SNL Host Over Trump

by Traci G. Lee /
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on October 8, 2015 in Las Vegas.Isaac Brekken / Getty Images

The announcement that Donald Trump will host "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 7 has prompted petitions and protests against the Republican presidential candidate.

In an interview on Monday with The Wrap, comedian and actress Margaret Cho blasted the sketch comedy show for inviting Trump to host the show and ignoring complaints about the lack of diversity in its 40-year history.

"People come at me and say, ‘Oh, Fred Armisen is a quarter Japanese, Rob Schneider is half Filipino.’ Yeah, that makes three-quarters of an Asian-American, not even in one person, in 41 years,” Cho said.

Since "Saturday Night Live" premiered in 1975, there have been just two Asian hosts: Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu.

“I’m proposing Ken Jeong. I would like to be the musical guest. That’s all I ask,” Cho told The Wrap. “They would take a momentous step forward, if they include Ken Jeong or myself. If not us, George Takei, who is hilarious and ultimately needs to be given that honor.”

In 2014, actor George Takei pulled an April Fool's joke on fans by announcing he would be hosting "Saturday Night Live."

On Tuesday, actor Orlando Jones chimed in on Cho's suggestion, tweeting, "Y'all better step up & get @KenJeong on STAT."

Jeong tweeted on Tuesday that he would "absolutely" host "Saturday Night Live," if asked.

Other Twitter users have also suggested Mindy Kaling and "Jane the Virgin" star Gina Rodriguez.

Last week's announcement that Trump would host "Saturday Night Live," the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, among others, criticized NBC for its decision.

"This is not about lacking a sense of humor. Everyone knows that SNL is not just a comedy show. For the last 40 years, it has become a highly coveted platform for candidates from political parties who are looking to reach and connect with the American public," Janet Murguía, president and CEO of NCLR, said

SNL told NBC News it was not commenting on NCLR's statement.

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