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Alec Baldwin notably absent from ‘Saturday Night Live’

Kate McKinnon (left) portrayed Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a Sept. 30 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
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Kate McKinnon (left) portrayed Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a Sept. 30 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

“Saturday Night Live,” per usual, skewered politicians this week, but once again without taking on the big fish in the sea.

Alec Baldwin, who had become a regular with his impersonation of President Trump, has not appeared on the show in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Baldwin said earlier this month that he’s “treated women in a very sexist way.”

Baldwin is currently on a book tour, though, so his absence isn’t necessarily related to those previous comments.

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That doesn’t mean the Trump family wasn’t targeted. The opening segment featured Eric Trump (played by Alex Moffat) and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) meeting with Julian Assange (Kate McKinnon) in London in September 2016.

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Eric Trump came off as somewhat dimwitted. What organization did Assange found, Donald Jr. asked? “Rickilakes,” Eric said.

Watch: Opening segment of Saturday Night Live

McKinnon also reprised her role as Jeff Sessions during the Weekend Update segment.

Sessions said a traumatic childhood event resulted in some memory loss. What was that event, asked Weekend Update cohost Colin Jost? “The passing of the Civil Rights Act,” said Sessions.

Watch: Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions

Weekend Update also addressed the saga of US Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, who is a former “SNL” cast member.

Watch: Weekend Update on Al Franken

Sean Smyth can be reached at sean.smyth@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.

Clarification: This story was updated to mention that Alec Baldwin is taking part in a US book tour.