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‘SNL’ writer suspended for tweet about Donald Trump’s 10-yr-old son Barron

A comedy writer for “SNL,” Katie Rich, tweeted what was intended to be a joke about Barron Trump and school shootings, prompting a barrage of criticism.

world Updated: Jan 24, 2017 12:22 IST
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President Donald Trump, right, smiles with his son Barron as they view the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade for President Donald Trump in Washington on Jan 20.(AP Photo)

A writer of comedy show “Saturday Night Live” has been suspended indefinitely after tweeting a poorly received joke about Donald Trump’s 10-year-old youngest son, Barron.

A person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly tells The Associated Press that Katie Rich was suspended immediately after writing an offensive tweet about the child. An outcry on social media followed, with many calling for a boycott of the TV show.

Rich later deleted the tweet, deactivated her account but then reactivated it Monday, saying she wanted to “sincerely apologize” for the “insensitive” tweet and “deeply regret” her actions.

NBC had no comment.

Barron found support from Chelsea Clinton, with the former first daughter saying he “deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.”

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First Published: Jan 24, 2017 12:21 IST