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When it comes to Saturday Night Live favourite characters (and their eventual retirements), you can never say never. Sometimes goodbye isn’t really goodbye at all.

Alec Baldwin is the most recent SNL guest star to prove the saying true, now that he’s confirmed a return to the sketch show next season. And yes, he’ll be reprising his impeccable Donald Trump impersonation. Previously, Baldwin had said in an interview with Extra that he wouldn’t be doing the bit for much longer, leaving us all to wonder who could possibly play the part.

Sure, Darrell Hammond is around (he is the new announcer, after all), but in our heads he’ll always be Bill Clinton. We’re sure Leslie Jones would be up for the gig, but beyond the occasional sketch we can’t exactly see that as being long-lasting. We guess one of the incoming players could do it, but let’s be honest: now that we know just how great of a job Baldwin does, we really can’t go back.

Thankfully we don’t have to, but there is a catch. In an interview with CNN Baldwin said that his Trump alter-ego will be back for the new season (which bows this fall), but he won’t be as big a part of the show as he was last season.

“We’re going to fit that in… people have enjoyed it,” he said, noting that viewers will get “a couple celery sticks” instead of a “whole meal.”

Wait. Shouldn’t that be carrot? Like the old carrot-and-stick, shtick? Ah, never mind.

Sounds to us like Baldwin still hasn’t changed his original opinion on having too much of a good thing, and that he’s hyper aware that the political climate is a dangerous one to many. So breaking out his impression in a more sparing manner makes sense.

“The maliciousness of this White House has people very worried,” Baldwin noted back in March to Extra. “That’s why I’m not going to do it much longer, the impersonation. I don’t [know] how much more people can take it.”

Well we’d like a little bit more, please and thank you. Otherwise, who will hold the dude responsible in such a dead-on way?

Like really. Kate McKinnon can’t do it all, people.

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