‘SNL’ Cold Open Parodies Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Trial

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s court battle was the center of the cold open on the May 14 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

Kyle Mooney played Depp, who, in real life, has alleged that Amber Heard once left a ‘fecal delivery’ on their bed out of anger.

When presented with a video of Depp’s property manager (Kenan Thompson) finding the “dookie,” Heidi Gardner, playing Heard’s lawyer, pointed out that the video wouldn’t stand as proof that the feces came from a human — as Heard claims it came from the couple’s dogs.

“That’s true, but I’ll allow it, because it does sound fun. And this trial is for fun!” squealed Cecily Strong, playing the judge.

Parodying the way the trial has become such a pop culture moment, Strong said, “I think I’ve seen enough. This trial has given me a lot to consider. On one hand, I believe Mr. Depp story. But on the other hand, your constant little smirk lets me know that. This is not the first woman you made so mad that she pooped in your bed.”

“I guess I have been known to be full nightmare,” Mooney replied, grinning.

Selena Gomez hosted the May 14 episode, making her “SNL” debut.

In her monologue, Gomez made jokes about her age difference with her “Only Murders in the Building” co-stars.

“I was so honored to work with Steve Martin and Martin Short, especially after I googled them to find out who they were. I remember telling my friend I was cast in a show called ‘Only Murders,’ and she said, ‘Sounds sexy. Any hot co-stars?’ And I was like, ‘Depends. Do you like the banjo?’”

Season 1 of “Only Murders in the Building” debuted on Hulu in August 2021 and Season 2 will premiere in June. The series follows Mabel Mora (Gomez), Charles-Haden Savage (Martin) and Oliver Putnam (Short), three New York neighbors who team up to solve the murder of Mabel’s childhood friend and fellow Arconia tenant Tim Kono (Justin Cihi) while documenting their progress on a podcast.

In a later sketch, the cast spoofed the recent leak of photos and video from the Broadway play “Take Me Out,” in which Jesse Williams appears fully nude.

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first preview of ‘A Storm Within’ by acclaimed Irish playwright Rory McFadden. And as I’m sure you’re aware, there is a penis in the show,” said Thompson. “Yes, we go there and it better not enough online. If you post it, you will lose the penis.”

Gomez’s episode was shared with musical guest Post Malone, who is also making his “SNL” debut. The rapper will release his fourth studio album “Twelve Carat Toothache” on June 3 via Mercury Records and Republic Records.

The next episode of “Saturday Night Live,” which airs on May 21, will be the finale of Season 47. Natasha Lyonne will make her hosting debut alongside musical guest Japanese Breakfast. Previous hosts of Season 47 have included Lizzo, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jerrod Carmichael, Zoe Kravitz, Oscar Isaac, John Mulaney, Willem Dafoe and Will Forte.

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Originally published at variety.com

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