“Saturday Night Live” star Bill Hader admitted that he was “shaking and quivering” when he found himself sitting alongside former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer when the two met Friday night on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
That’s because Hader was the “SNL” player who won the assignment of impersonating Spitzer in sketches spoofing the “love gov’s” 2008 resignation following a prostitution scandal and then, later, Spitzer’s CNN talk show, “Parker Spitzer.”
The two were both booked for “Tonight” on Friday — not by design, but coincidentally.
Spitzer, 54, came on the show presumably as part of the image makeover he is undertaking as he seeks election in New York City as city comptroller. The voice of Hader, 35, is featured in two animated films this summer — “Monsters University” and “Turbo.” In May, Hader left “SNL” after an eight-season run.
“I’m shaking and quivering right now!” Hader declared on “Tonight” when Spitzer began to tell the story of how Hader and Spitzer met previously at one of those celeb-studded White House Correspondents dinners in Washington.
Spitzer said he harbored no ill will against Hader or other comedians — including Jay Leno — who have joked about Spitzer for years. In fact, Leno showed a clip from an “SNL” sketch that had Hader, as Spitzer, referring to himself as “the bone ranger.” When the clip was finished, Hader was seen comically moving himself away from Spitzer on Leno’s couch. (We have that entire sketch for you to watch, below.)
“He’s my long-lost twin who got all the talent,” Spitzer said of Hader when Leno introduced the two.