“Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich. | Leslie Adkins/For the Sun-Times

‘SNL’ writer Katie Rich apologizes for tweet on Barron Trump

SHARE ‘SNL’ writer Katie Rich apologizes for tweet on Barron Trump
SHARE ‘SNL’ writer Katie Rich apologizes for tweet on Barron Trump

UPDATED Jan. 23, 2:30 P.M.

“SNL” writer Katie Rich tweeted an apology via her Twitter account Monday afternoon, apologizing for her Barron Trump tweet. She has also been suspended indefinitely from “SNL” according to a source familiar to the situation.

A Chicago writer on “Saturday Night Live” was absent from the show’s credits on this weekend’s episode, a day after her Twitter joke about Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son stirred outrage on social media.

Katie Rich had tweeted on Friday, the date of Trump’s presidential inauguration, that 10-year-old Barron Trump “will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” The joke was not used on “SNL” or any of its social media outlets.

The tweet later disappeared but lived on in screenshots:


Rich, a Weekend Update writer, had been a regular presence in the “SNL” credits until this weekend. NBC has not commented on her status with the show, and Rich could not be reached for comment. As of Monday, her Twitter account was locked down as private.

But in other corners of the Internet, from the rest of Twitter to NBC’s Facebook page to a petition with more than 30,000 signatures demanding her termination, Rich was the target of full-on social media wrath as commenters tore into her for making a punchline of a preteen.

Rich grew up near 80th and Pulaski and continued to reside in Chicago during her “SNL” tenure, living in temporary New York quarters during show weeks. A staff writer since December 2013 and a lifelong Cubs fan, she was one of the on-air backup singers when the team’s Dexter Fowler, David Ross and Anthony Rizzo celebrated their World Series victory by singing “Go Cubs Go” with Bill Murray on “SNL” in November.

RELATED: ‘I just fly back and forth’ between Chicago and ‘SNL,’ Katie Rich says Brown: Tweets cross the line — of civility and ideology 
Suburban school official quits after tweets on Women’sMarch

Before joining “SNL,” she was an actor who improvised at iO and was in the casts that wrote and performed three Second City mainstage shows.

Matters of taste aside, the tweet’s assumption that Barron Trump is home schooled was erroneous: He attends Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York.

The Latest
Jeffrey Montes De Oca, 31, was arrested Wednesday by the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force in Orland Park, according to police.
With most babies, neonatal jaundice will go away on its own. It’s just a matter of waiting for the infant’s liver to catch up to the amount of bilirubin that needs to be removed.
At the core of the dance company is the belief that “dance is for everyone.”
Bee pollen commonly is consumed for nutrition and traditionally has been used in Chinese medicine and taken for various ailments.
Richard Banks, 22, and Christian Anderson, 16, both of Chicago, are charged with first-degree murder in the May 14 shooting death of Jeremiah Ellis.