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Monica Pops Up on ‘Saturday Night’

May 10, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ At one time, it might have been a Monica Lewinsky fantasy: living in a Malibu beach house with ex-President Bill Clinton.

Instead, it was just a skit on ``Saturday Night Live.″ The former White House intern told jokes at the expense of Clinton and her ex-friend, Linda Tripp, during an appearance on the NBC comedy series.

She was also in a second segment, dispensing advice on phone sex and affairs with older men along with actor Tim Meadows, who portrayed a ’70s style ``ladies’ man″ conducting a telephone call-in show.

NBC had tried to keep Ms. Lewinsky’s appearance on the show a secret. But word slipped out when she was seen during the week in the ``Saturday Night Live″ studio for rehearsals.

The Malibu beach house skit was actually depicted as Clinton’s dream. Actor Darrell Hammond, who impersonates Clinton, wore a white bathrobe and was tempted by an offer of a lunch date with two prostitutes by Meadows, playing Vernon Jordan.

Ms. Lewinsky entered the beach house, coming home from work, and Clinton asked how her day went.

``Everyone gets so mad at me when I turn the wrong letters,″ she said.

Clinton tried to make her feel better with a gift _ a copy of ``Leaves of Grass″ by Walt Whitman. Ms. Lewinsky pointed out he’d given her that book before.

She then balked at Clinton’s request to have lunch with Jordan. ``Come on, baby,″ he said. ``Don’t you trust me?″

``Yeah, in your dreams, you big creep,″ Ms. Lewinsky replied, echoing the nickname she gave Clinton in tape recordings of her conversations with Linda Tripp.

Meadows introduced Ms. Lewinsky during the second skit as someone ``who has done more to educate this country in the ways of love than anybody else on this planet.″

She told one advice-seeker it’s not a good idea to have an affair with her much older boss.

``First, people in the office will start gossiping,″ she said, ``and the next thing you know your face is all over Arabic newspapers.″

Another caller wanted to know if she should have phone sex. ``I had phone sex with this one guy,″ Ms. Lewinsky said. ``His name doesn’t really matter.″

``Why don’t we just call him William Howard Taft?″ Meadows said.

Actor John Goodman, who has portrayed Tripp in past shows, called as that character to seek Ms. Lewinsky’s forgiveness. ``No way,″ she said.

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