Oops, they did it again! Saturday Night Live for the second week in a row invoked Britney Spears in its cold open, but this time, instead of just mentioning the #FreeBritney movement, the NBC sketch comedy show had Chloe Fineman play the pop princess hosting her own talk show where guests apologize for grave errors in judgment — and she took a shot at Justin Timberlake’s recent apology.
“Hey, ya’ll! It’s Britney, b—-!” Fineman says, spot on as Spears, before explaining why she started doing her own apology show. “After the Free Britney documentary came out, I’m receiving hundreds of apologies a day.”
The dig at Timberlake, who has hosted SNL five times, came next. “I’d like to give a quick shout-out to our sponsor, the Notes app,” said Fineman as Spears. “Are you looking to post a lame apology 20 years late? Go through the motions with the Notes app.”
The “SexyBack” singer issued his mea culpa Feb. 12, a week after the documentary Framing Britney Spears premiered. The program, which aired on FX, resulted in calls on the internet for Timberlake to apologize to his ex-girlfriend for how he portrayed her after their 2002 split. “I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right,” Timberlake wrote in Notes and posted to Instagram, specifically mentioning Spears and Janet Jackson.
Later on in the sketch, Fineman’s Spears showed off her dance moves — as the “Mood Ring” singer often does in Instagram videos, before introducing guests Ted Cruz (Aidy Bryant) and Andrew Cuomo (Pete Davidson). Spears roasted both men — Cruz for his trip to Cancun while his constituents in Texas battled freezing weather without heat or running water, and Cuomo for the nursing home scandal — and offered them the opportunity to apologize.
Also a guest was Gina Carano (Cecily Strong), whom Disney recently fired from The Mandalorian for controversial social media posts that included comparing being a Republican now to being Jewish during the holocaust.
Watch Saturday Night Live’s cold open below: