Watch Shirtless Vladimir Putin Replace Alec Baldwin's Trump in Post-Inauguration 'SNL' Opening

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Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin during the "Vladimir Putin Cold Open" sketch on Saturday Night Live on Jan. 21, 2017.

After weeks of reliable cameos, the biggest shock of Saturday Night Live's first episode of the President Trump administration was Alec Baldwin's cold-open absence.

The pre-monologue sketch featured Beck Bennett in his recurring role as shirtless Vladimir Putin, who congratulated Trump on the turnout at his inauguration... before realizing he was looking at a photo of the Women's March in Washington, D.C.

He reminded Americans how they can profit from a new relationship with Russia and their main exports: "Oil, track suits, and scary pornography."

And it seemed like Baldwin would appear as Donald Trump any minute -- but no. Where was Alec Baldwin on this most-important SNL cold open?

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