Saturday Night Live wants Mitt Romney to host.
The Hollywood Reporter writes SNL Executive Producer Lorne Michaels has offered Romney the hosting gig, and Romney is reportedly considering taking it. Romney would be the first candidate since Steve Forbes hosted the show in 1996.
“He was funny on Letterman, giving the Top Ten list,” longtime SNL writer Jim Downey told the Times.
While SNL has had fun portraying the drawn out Republican race as circus-like, the staff acknowledges it has been difficult to rival 2008 and Tina Fey’s popular turn as Sarah Palin. Having the real Romney could open up new possibilities to a race that, from a comedic standpoint, risks growing stale.
“Sarah Palin was a once-in-a-lifetime situation,” head writer Seth Meyers said. “She was incredibly magnetic and came with a built-in catchphrase.”