“I was like, ‘I don’t think that’s really a good thing to do now,’” he said. “I mean, we had an openly racist, homophobic and misogynistic president, and half the country voted for him – twice! So [those attitudes] are really prevalent.”
“[The political climate] made me back up a bit and say, ‘Wait, maybe people see this character a different way,’” he continued. “Because I really love Stefon and it never occurred to me that he would be seen as a stereotype, and that really hurt.”
“The thought that anyone might think I was making fun of gay people really sucks,” he concluded. “So I’m not saying I’d never play [that character] again, but not today.”
– Bill Hader, on why his signature character, the flamboyant “Weekend Update city correspondent” Stefon, won’t be returning anytime soon, while speaking to The Guardian.