Bowen Yang: Faye Dunaway wants to confront me on ‘SNL’ about IG handle

Yang wants the Oscar winner to be on Weekend Update to talk about “her social media handle being co-opted by this random Asian guy.”

Bowen Yang is ready to bow to Faye Dunaway on the Saturday Night Live stage.

The Emmy-nominated “SNL” breakout star joked during “Live With Kelly and Ryan” (via EW) that he’s waiting for the Oscar winner to call him because he’s using her name as his Instagram handle @fayedunaway .

“There is a new development here,” Yang said. “For about two weeks I’ve learned that she knows I’ve got the handle and she actually wants to come over to ‘SNL’ and confront me live on TV.”

Yang continued, “She would like it to be maybe [Weekend] To update. She’s pulled out to talk about her social media name being co-opted by this random Asian guy.”

The Fire Island star joked that he “didn’t want to do that because I was really just a plebeian in Brooklyn” when he registered his Instagram name years ago. “[I thought]Best-case scenario, her people come up to me and give me about $20 and I give it to her. But now… there’s a blue tick next to my name. People might think I’m the real Faye Dunaway!”

And after the “SNL” exodus of cast members Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney, Season 48 may need to bring out Dunaway as a strong hitter.

But Yang is ready to see Dunaway in either Studio 8H or the courtroom, whichever the Bonnie and Clyde icon prefers.

“It’s interesting, but all I want is for Faye Dunaway — the real-life Oscar winner — to sue me or something,” Yang previously joked during “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon‘ on social media confusion. “I would go to court. I would be drawn into the longest fight with her. All I want is just an omission. Faye Dunaway, legendary actress Faye Dunaway, I just want you to come up to me and call me ‘that self-pitying homosexual’.”

Of note, Yang is referring to the famous 2019 allegation against Dunaway that she called her former assistant a “little gay boy,” as revealed during a lawsuit alleging Dunaway maintained an abusive work environment . The suit led to Dunaway’s West End debut as Katharine Hepburn, who was crushed before the opening of the one-woman play Tea at Five.

IndieWire recently spoke to Bowen Yang about his Hulu rom-com Fire Island, directed by Andrew Ahn and co-starring writer Joel Kim Booster.

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