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Does Donald Trump's SNL appearance trigger 'equal time' for Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio or other candidates?

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will return to reality television, in a way, when he hosts Saturday Night Live Nov. 7.

You might be wondering, like we did, if the government’s "equal time" rule means Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and the rest of the Republican presidential field will each get a shot at hosting the show.

The answer, PunditFact found, is no. But candidates could score some free air time in certain markets if they ask for it.

The inner workings of the "equal time" rule are complicated and often misunderstood, starting with that phrase itself.

See what Katie Sanders of PolitiFact found.

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