Mitt Romney will not be appearing on Saturday Night Live this season, Lorne Michaels said today. “We only have three shows left and they’re pretty jammed-packed,” the executive producer said during a conference call. “It might be in the fall, but we’ll never know, that’ll all depend on his availability.” SNL’s 37th season wraps up May 19. It will return in September in the heat of the presidential election campaign. In early April, Michaels extended an invitation to the former Massachusetts Governor to appear on the show, and Romney expressed interest in taking SNL up on the invite. “Of course,” Romney said, “it would depend on the nature of the skit. I want it to be funny.” Today Michaels confirmed he had some “communication” with the Romney campaign about the presumptive GOP nominee coming on, but then “the primaries overtook everything.”
A long list of White House occupants and contenders have taken the stage at Studio 8H over SNL‘s 37 seasons. Gerald Ford, Barack Obama, John McCain, Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin, among others, have appeared on the show. SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis frequently plays Romney on the show this season.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will host SNL on May 5, with musical guest Rihanna. Former SNL cast member Will Ferrell returns to the show May 12 with musical guest Usher. The host and musical guest of the May 19 season finale have not been announced.