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Kenan Thompson supports college protests because he finds them acceptable unless his daughter gets involved in the cold opening of “SNL.”

Kenan Thompson approves of college protests even though his daughter isn’t in the opening sketch of Saturday Night Live.

In the final Saturday episode, hosted by Dua Lipa and featuring her as musical guest, Michael Longfellow portrayed a talk show host who entertained parents, played by Heidi Gardner, Mikey Day and Kenan Thompson.

Longfellow expressed his concerns about recent incidents at universities across the country and opened the floor for discussion with his guests. Gardner and Day’s characters admitted they were concerned about their children’s involvement in protests against Israel’s battle with Hamas. However, Thompson expressed his full support for the young people who fought for their beliefs.

When asked how he felt about his daughter, a student at Columbia University, becoming involved in the protests, Thompson seemed amused. “What is that now? When whose daughter is there? No man, you son of a bitch!”, he said.

Thompson stated that his daughter would not participate in the protests, “because I’ll tell you what’s not free: Columbia!” He further expressed his irritation towards the school for charging exorbitant tuition fees and for working hard to pay the bills.

He described the various jobs he works to make ends meet, such as driving for Uber, Uber Eats, mowing lawns, selling Gucci wallets and even life coaching on Instagram to pay for his daughter’s education.

On Tuesday, Columbia University witnessed approximately 282 protesters enter Hamilton Hall and lock themselves in, prompting intervention from the New York City Police Department. Similarly, the City College of New York saw 282 protesters arrested, 102 of whom had no ties to the college. Of the 112 people arrested in Columbia, 32 also had no ties to the university.

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz, Mark Morales and Celina Tebor contributed to this report.

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