Mitt Romney is reportedly mulling over an offer to guest-host “Saturday Night Live.”
That’s according to this column in The New York Times by op-ed scribe Maureen Dowd (she’s not the first person we usually look to for breaking news on the TV beat, but a story’s a story!).
In a column about “SNL” and its role in the political process over the years, Dowd buried the news that producer Lorne Michaels has offered a guest-hosting spot to Romney. In her column, the tidbit was confirmed by “SNL” head writer Jim Downey.
There was no word on Sunday from the Romney camp about the offer. If the Republican frontrunner accepts, he’ll be the first presidential candidate to guest-host the NBC show since Steve Forbes did it in 1996.
There’s also the question of when Romney would guest-host. Only a few possible slots remain until the end of the current TV season in May. And Romney might want to defer the gig until next fall, when the appearance could help him win fans, and votes, in the November election.
Our take: On the other hand, such appearances have been known to backfire because acting in comedy sketches on “SNL” can make a candidate for President seem like he’s not serious about this most serious of jobs. If he’s going to say yes to this, we think he should do it this spring, as the primaries wind down, rather than wait. But, as usual, nobody asked us!
Meanwhile, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been tapped to host “SNL” May 5, with musical guest Rihanna, according to this story in the New York Post.
Manning’s brother, Peyton Manning, guest-hosted in 2007.