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When the opening sketch of Saturday Night Live closes, those watching at home see a cast-introduction sequence.

For those sitting in the audience, it's a completely different story. They instead are treated to a chaotic scene as the show's crew tears down the opening sketch's set, carrying away giant walls in teams to reveal the SNL band and stage behind it.

See for yourself in the video above, or find more behind-the-scenes videos from SNL on their YouTube channel.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original \"Star Wars,\" has died. She was 60.

Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman saying Fisher died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

\"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,\" read the statement from publicist Simon Halls. \"She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.\"

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Fisher had been hospitalized since Friday when she suffered a medical emergency on board a flight to Los Angeles.

She made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit \"Shampoo.\" Fisher also appeared in \"Austin Powers,\" ''The Blues Brothers,\" ''Charlie's Angels,\" ''Hannah and Her Sisters,\" ''Scream 3\" and \"When Harry Met Sally ...\"

But she is best remembered as Princess Leia in the original \"Star Wars\" in 1977 with her now-iconic braided buns, who uttered the immortal phrase, \"Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.\" Fisher played a part in which she was tough, feisty and powerful, even if at one point she was chained to Jabba the Hutt. (She reprised the role in Episode VII of the series, \"Star Wars: The Force Awakens\" in 2015, and her digitally rendered image appears in \"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.\")

Fisher long battled drug addiction and mental illness. She said she smoked pot at age 13, used LSD by 21 and was first diagnosed as bipolar at age 24. She was treated with electroconvulsive therapy and medication.

In 1987, her thinly veiled autobiography \"Postcards From the Edge\" became a best seller. It became a 1990 film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep.

More books followed: \"Delusions of Grandma,\" ''Surrender the Pink,\" ''The Best Awful,\" ''Shockaholic\" and this year's autobiography, \"The Princess Diarist,\" in which she revealed that she and co-star Harrison Ford had an affair on the set of \"Star Wars.\"

Ever ready to satirize herself, she has even played Carrie Fisher a few times, as in David Cronenberg's dark Hollywood sendup \"Maps to the Stars\" and in an episode of \"Sex and the City.\" In the past 15 years, Fisher also had a somewhat prolific career as a television guest star, recently in the Amazon show \"Catastrophe\" as the mother of Rob Delaney's lead, and perhaps most memorably as a has-been comedy legend on \"30 Rock.\"

Her one-woman show, \"Wishful Drinking,\" which she's performed on and off across the country since 2006, was turned into a book, made its way to Broadway in 2009 and was captured for HBO in 2010.

Little was off-limits in the show. She discussed the scandal that engulfed her superstar parents, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher (he ran off with Elizabeth Taylor); her brief marriage to singer Paul Simon; the time the father of her daughter left her for a man; and the day she woke up next to the dead body of a platonic friend who had overdosed in her bed.

\"I'm a product of Hollywood inbreeding. When two celebrities mate, something like me is the result,\" she said in the show. At another point, she cracked: \"I don't have a problem with drugs so much as I have a problem with sobriety.\"

\"She was funnier&smarter than anyone had the right to be,\" Whoopi Goldberg wrote on Twitter Tuesday. \"Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie.\"

\"Hail Hail! A genius has vacated this realm-RIP Carrie Fisher,\" Roseanne Barr posted on the site.

Besides her daughter, Fisher is survived by her brother, Todd Fisher, and her mother.

In a 2009 interview with The Associated Press, Fisher wasn't coy about revealing details about her unusual life, whether it was about drug addiction, mental illness or her failed relationships. She hoped to destigmatize mental health problems.

\"People relate to aspects of my stories and that's nice for me because then I'm not all alone with it,\" she said. \"Also, I do believe you're only as sick as your secrets. If that's true, I'm just really healthy.\"

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Alec Baldwin has his Friday nights back. He and MSNBC said Tuesday they were ending his weekly talk show after the actor had been suspended for two weeks for using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street encounter.

MSNBC said it was a \"mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.\"

\"Up Late with Alec Baldwin\" had aired only five episodes. The first three attracted a little more than a half million viewers, but the last two dipped under 400,000 viewers.

The Emmy-winning former star of \"30 Rock\" had lost his cool in the New York City street encounter. He later tweeted that he did not realize the profane phrase he used was offensive to gays, but then apologized.

He later said that the incident took place as he tried to protect his family.

MSNBC suspended Baldwin for two weeks, a punishment that was due to end this Friday.

The encounter came during the same week a Canadian actress was convicted in New York of stalking Baldwin with calls, emails and visits over a two-year period. Genevieve Sabourin was sentenced to six months in jail in addition to a month she's already serving for her courtroom outbursts.

On the same day Baldwin was suspended, another MSNBC personality, Martin Bashir, made a graphic suggestion for how Sarah Palin should be punished for comments on slavery. Bashir apologized and MSNBC said it is handling the problems internally.

The end of Baldwin's show came on the same day CBS ordered \"60 Minutes\" correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence following a critical internal review of their handling of a report about the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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Martin Bashir's apology for graphic comments about Sarah Palin on MSNBC hasn't ended questions about whether the remarks deserve punishment from his bosses, giving unwanted attention to a cable network dealing with sinking ratings along with loose-lipped hosts.

Palin, in a Fox interview on Sunday, said MSNBC was guilty of \"executive hypocrisy\" by not publicly disciplining Bashir for his \"vile, evil comments.\" Four days after Bashir apologized, MSNBC said it was \"handling this matter internally\" and wouldn't comment further.

\"It's a systemic problem,\" said Jeff Cohen, an Ithaca College journalism professor and liberal commentator who was a producer for Phil Donahue's prime-time MSNBC show a decade ago. \"It's a problem at MSNBC. It's a problem in cable news. It's a certain coarseness where everything goes. I guess they can keep sanctioning and suspending people, but there's something wrong when name-calling is considered OK.\"

Bashir's comments about Palin came on the same day MSNBC suspended actor Alec Baldwin from his weekly show for two episodes for his part in an off-the-air episode. Baldwin used an anti-gay slur in a confrontation with a photographer on a New York City street.

Bashir used his weekday afternoon program on Nov. 15 to criticize Palin for her remarks comparing U.S. indebtedness to China to slavery. Bashir cited the diaries of a former plantation overseer who punished slaves by having someone defecate in their mouth or urinate on their face. He suggested the former Alaska governor deserved the same treatment.

The somber anchor, a former \"Nightline\" host, apologized on his next show on Nov. 18.

The Baldwin suspension set up an immediate contrast for MSNBC's critics to latch on to: Why does an epithet used in a heated moment in an off-air confrontation merit a suspension, while a sickening comment made on the air, presumably researched and written in advance, not deserve one?

Other MSNBC personalities have been disciplined for remarks that drew unwanted attention. The network fired Don Imus in 2007 for referring to members of the Rutgers women's basketball team as \"nappy-headed hos.\" David Shuster was suspended for two weeks in 2008 for suggesting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign had \"pimped out\" daughter Chelsea Clinton by having her place phone calls to celebrities and convention delegates. The network suspended and eventually dumped longtime commentator Pat Buchanan in 2012 for a book that some critics called racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic, charges that he denied.

MSNBC is dominated by left-leaning news programs, a liberal alternative to Fox News Channel, which appeals to Republicans. MSNBC has had a rough year, with its weeknight programming down 32 percent in viewership from 2012, probably due in part to less interest in politics following an election year and President Barack Obama's dwindling popularity (Fox and CNN are down 17 percent in the same Nielsen company measurement).

Palin, a Republican and Fox News analyst said in an interview with \"Fox News Sunday\" that MSNBC had condoned Bashir's comments.

\"That's hypocrisy,\" she said. When a conservative woman is a target on MSNBC \"they usually just kind of pooh-pooh it, laugh it off. It's no big deal.\"

MSNBC did, however, take Ed Schultz off the air for a week in 2011 after he referred to conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham as a \"slut\" during a commentary on his radio show. Schultz apologized publicly to Ingraham before serving his suspension.

The network did not explain what made the Bashir incident different.

\"Martin Bashir has taken responsibility publicly for his offensive commentary and also personally apologized to the Palin family,\" the network statement said. \"Bashir offered a heartfelt apology on MSNBC earlier this week where he admitted it was a personal failing to become part of the politics of vitriol and destruction. He has committed to elevating the discourse going forward.\"

Since the comment, Palin has also cancelled a planned interview with Matt Lauer for NBC's \"Today\" show. NBC News, particularly under new President Deborah Turness, has sought to distance itself from MSNBC. But they share corporate owners and, in the case of Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell, personalities that work for both.

Heated, often offensive, commentary is hardly limited to the liberal MSNBC, with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh triggering an advertiser boycott for calling a woman who advocated for contraception as a part of health insurance plans a \"slut\" and a \"prostitute.\"

Commentaries like Bashir's are not something he wants to hear, particularly around mealtime, said Marty Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School of Communication. But he didn't expect the commentary to be damaging to MSNBC.

\"There's plenty of objectionable talk that I've heard from Sarah Palin,\" he said. \"I'm not arguing moral equivalency, but the baseline is more erratic and dense on coarse talk that I would like it to be.\"

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