Saturday Night Live (SNL) re-ran its controversial October 7th show, which featured a parody of Safelite AutoGlass’s television ads, over the Thanksgiving weekend. However, the Safelite spoof was removed from the airing and replaced with another skit.
The original skit featured a technician, played by actor Beck Bennett, replacing a woman’s windshield while she attended her teenage daughter’s sports game. He then returns numerous times to perform a replacement before the mother discovers the Safelite technician is intentionally breaking her windshield in order to make romantic suggestions at her daughter before making a subsequent one at her.
After the show aired, Safelite released a statement, which read, “While we appreciate good-natured humor, Saturday Night Live’s characterization of Safelite is not reflective of our people, quality of service, customer experience or values,” says Keriake Lucas, director of corporate communications for the Ohio-based company. “We were not involved in the development of this skit and do not support its portrayal of our valued technicians or our brand.”
NBC has since taken down all traces of the skit, including removing it from SNL’s official YouTube and Hulu channels.
“When the SNL sketch featuring Safelite first aired, we expressed our disappointment with how it negatively portrayed our people. It was SNL’s decision to remove the content, and they have not shared their reasons behind that decision,” a Safelite representative told Decider.