Twerking is dead; Hannah Montana was murdered; and Republicans are closet freaks in Miley Cyrus' "Saturday Night Live" world. During her opening monologue on the NBC sketch comedy show, the controversial pop star updated fans on the fate of the character that made her a star -- Hannah Montana.
Cyrus also continued her self-deprecating humor, dismissing twerking as "kinda lame" now that white people are doing it and said she and the maker of the foam finger had made up after reportedly angering him over her suggestive use of his invention.
Meantime, the show's cold open depicted a Hannah Montana-era Miley, played by Vanessa Bayer, warning a pre-VMA Awards Miley about the impending doom she was about to bring on America with her racy performance with Robin Thicke. While Miley decided to go forth with the performance, she promised her past self that she would remain true to Miley Cyrus.
In a racy parody video addressing the government shutdown, Cyrus depicted a hyper-sexualized version of Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. The video, which also depicted a brief-wearing House Speaker John Boehner, played by Taran Killam, was set to a re-imagined version of Miley's song "We Can't Stop."
The singer also appeared as Hillary Clinton in an MTV mini-series, a hip-hop obsessed high schooler, and as actress Scarlett Johansson in a screen test for "50 Shades of Grey."
As musical guest, Cyrus performed her hit single "Wrecking Ball" in a see-through sports jersey bearing the logo of the band "Poison" on the front.
She also performed a stripped down version of "We Can't Stop" accompanied by three acoustic guitars.