Add Jon Hamm to the list of celebrities who don’t like Donald Trump.
The Mad Men star told the New York Times he had an uncomfortable run-in with the businessman-turned President at a Saturday Night Live after-party back in 2015. According to Hamm, Trump tried to intimidate him–by being taller.
The alleged confrontation took place following then-presidential candidate Trump’s stint as SNL host in November, 2015. Hamm has access to SNL after-parties and is a regular presence on the program. It just so happened he was in attendance the night America’s soon-to-be President made an appearance.
“He was with Bill O’Reilly,” Hamm said of Trump. “They’re both tall dudes. And I’m a tall dude. And they both do that tall-dude thing, which is to try to intimidate you” But the actor claimed his “alpha” male status wouldn’t allow him to be intimidated so easily.
“And it doesn’t work on me. I’m like, ‘I’m as alpha as you. Let’s go. You’re not going to chest-bump me.’ It was a very weird night. It was the shortest I’ve ever stayed at an SNL after-party.”
Trump’s 2015 SNL appearance, made during his the primary season, was highly controversial. Hours before the show began, hundreds of anti-Trump protesters demonstrated outside the SNL studio in New York’s Rockefeller Center.
The cast of the famous comedy show took numerous jabs at the then-presidential candidate. Cast member Larry David interrupted the host’s opening monologue to shout “Trump’s a racist.” The actor explained he wanted to cash in on DeportRacism.com’s pledge to give $5,000 to anyone who interrupted Trump on the show.
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 8, 2015
Trump, who was lampooned by the cast, used the opportunity to take aim at his critics–including television personality Rosie O’Donnell. Trump and O’Donnell have a long-standing feud that has most recently culminated in the actress claiming that the President’s 11-year-old son, Barron, is autistic.
During the 2016 election, SNL regularly parodied Trump. Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of the Republican front-runner became a new highlight for a program that has been declining in viewership and cultural relevancy.
Hamm, best known for his role as the morally ambiguous ladies’ man in the AMC drama Mad Men, has been critical of Trump before, praising Barack Obama for making fun of the real estate mogul at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011.
We may never know what exactly Trump did to intimidate Hamm. Maybe the actor simply feels uncomfortable around people who are as tall as him.