Saturday Night Live regular Taran Killam has come to the defence of Lindsay Lohan after critics slammed her latest hosting gig on the hit U.S. comedy show at the weekend (03Mar12).
The Mean Girls star proved she was a good sport as she poked fun at her legal woes, drug problems and lesbian past in numerous funny sketches, although she struggled to remember some of her lines and completely botched a skit in which she tried to scare young delinquents straight by telling them that petty theft is a path that ends "in rehab".
Critics pounced on her mediocre performance, but Killam insists Lohan handled the hosting stint well.
He tells People.com, "She was fantastic and really a good sport. She let us go there, and we tried to handle it as gently as possible. She was the one who was, like, 'Go to town!' She really wants to turn it around, and she was great. I was surprised. She was a real trooper."
Fellow Snl regular Bobby Moynihan was also impressed with Lohan's comedy turn and improvisational skills.
He says, "She started throwing stuff in. It was a hip-hop morning-show sketch, and at one point, she just took the microphone and said, 'Preach!' I was, like, 'What? Go Lindsay!' She really wanted to do a good job, and I think she did it... She was super nice, very calm and normal."
Lohan, who has hosted Snl three times before, had hoped the TV appearance would help to restore her professional reputation after a slew of run-ins with the law and a series of stints in jail and rehab - and Killam is confident she will be able to revive her career.
He adds, "I think enough people want her to. I think there's an energy that's pushing for that."
Lohan's Saturday Night Live episode has already been deemed a big ratings hit - it was the second-highest rated episode of the season.