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“Keith Olbermann” on SNL

Tonight MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann gets his big shot on Saturday Night Live, unfortunately, he’s being played by host Ben Affleck, in a skit one insider calls “savage.”

Politico’s Michael Calderone also reports the real Olbermann “got past security to watch” the closed-set rehearsal yesterday. Olbermann was complimentary of his first time being mocked on “SNL.” “I’m not Sarah Palin. I know how valuable it is to me. And it’s funny.”

We’ll let you know if the skit makes the cut after tonight’s dress rehearsal, and into the live show at 11:30ET (with cameo from John McCain).

> Update: Exclusive — 9:15pmET: We hear the Keith Olbermann sketch lasts for approximately eight minutes, and is a mock Countdown episode. The dress rehearsal is still going on, and it may change between now and the live show. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

Also, we hear McCain is involved in both the cold open sketch and a segment of Weekend Update.

> Update, update: 11:15pmET: Word is the sketch made the live show.

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