Jeff Daniels Recreates The Newsroom‘s Most Famous Scene to Discuss Clinton v. Trump


In 2012, Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO drama The Newsroom premiered, and fans of the show will remember the electric opening scene of the pilot episode that featured newsman Will McAvoy going off script in a fiery rant.

Of course, McAvoy was portrayed by Jeff Daniels who won an Emmy for his effort as the cantankerous and troubled news host. But McAvoy is back, at least on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect Wednesday, where he appears in a parody of sorts opposite John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. The subject? Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.

“Can you say why Donald Trump is the best case scenario for Hillary Clinton?” inquired Halperin in the bit.

Just like the iconic first scene in 2012 when McAvoy is asked about the United States being the greatest country on earth, Daniels in the Bloomberg parody begins to feign interest before being pushed further. “I’m gonna hold you to an answer on that!” says Heilemann.

Then, wonderfully and with all the dramatics of the Sorkin original, Daniels “snaps,” launching into a tirade.

“Because he’s NOT the best case scenario John, that’s my answer!” he says to the surprised looks of the production staff.

“He gets constant media attention for free. There won’t be a day from now until November when Trump isn’t on every TV channel,” he continues, when parodying his responses exactly as his character did in 2012.

To her credit, former White House Communications Director Nicolle Wallace seemed to delight in the parody, while Morning Joe cohost Mika Brzezinski predictably looked confused, indicating she was generally unaware of the original. The full sketch airs on Wednesday afternoon’s With All Due Respect on Bloomberg, which immediately reairs on MSNBC.

Watch the above clip from MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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