Mitt Romney not yet decided on ‘SNL’ cameo, wife Ann says
April 26th, 2012
10:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Mitt Romney not yet decided on ‘SNL’ cameo, wife Ann says

(CNN) – She is seen by some as a spouse who can soften the sometimes stiff demeanor of her husband, Mitt Romney.

But Ann Romney isn’t sure if her husband - a notorious prankster and jokester – will deliver a few punch lines himself on “Saturday Night Live.” If he appears on the famous Studio 8H stage, she says she’d go on camera, too.

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“Of course that would be a great thrill,” Ann Romney said Thursday on “Entertainment Tonight.” “Who knows when or how, but I think at some point, it would be fun for him to do that.”

“SNL” has made more than a few jokes at her husband’s expense this election cycle, portraying him as rich and out of touch, perfectly coiffed and uncomfortable even in his own den.

That caricature of her husband couldn’t be more off. “They’re not accurate, but they’re funny,” she said. “Actually, Mitt is a very funny guy.”

Among the inaccuracies is actor Jason Sudeikis’ representation of Romney's hair.

“He doesn’t comb his hair when we're not going places,” she said. “It’s like, all over the place.”

Earlier this month, the candidate said that he hadn’t decided whether he would accept an invitation to the program.

“Of course it would depend on the nature of the skit. I want it to be funny," he said in an interview with ABC News.

Though he hasn’t appeared on the program, a reference to it has slipped into his stump speech.

“President Obama thinks he is doing a good job. I am not kidding. He actually thinks he is doing a great job, an historically great job,” Romney said at a rally in Appleton, Wisconsin.

“According to the president, only Lincoln and FDR and Lyndon Johnson have accomplished more. And no, we didn’t say that on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” he quipped.

Campaigning in 2008, Obama landed a speaking role on the program. In his first appearance, he wore a mask of himself to a Halloween party hosted by actors portraying Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“Who is that under there?” the actress playing Clinton asked.

“Well, you know, Hillary, I have nothing to hide,” the real Obama said, pulling off the mask. “I’m not gonna change who I am just because it’s Halloween.”

Another scheduled appearance for the then-Democratic presidential contender was canceled as a hurricane roared up the East Coast.

Romney has stuck to other late night programs this cycle, delivering the “Top 10 things you don’t know about Mitt Romney” on David Letterman’s program.

“I got into politics for the piles and piles of paperwork,” Romney teased.

He answered questions more seriously in a March visit to Jay Leno’s couch.

Obama wasn’t the only 2008 presidential hopeful to appear on “SNL.” Clinton and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin appeared alongside actresses who bore uncanny resemblances to the political figures.

But is a cameo on the longtime NBC show a necessary stepping stone to the Oval Office? The show’s head writer broached the subject in an interview with New York Magazine this week.

Seth Meyers' advice, which he deadpanned, for Romney: "I could tell him, 'Look, Giuliani did it, Palin did it, McCain did it, and they were all president.”


Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Hillary Clinton • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    They are going to make fun of you MIttens! I wouldn't do it if I were you! Aaaaand, you're too stiff to pull it off.
    Ann, with all the respect you deserve, you're NOT running for President. You CAN'T be everywhere Robmey is going to be. In other words, you can block us from seeing his deficiencies but so much. Somewhere along the line he's going to be some place that you're not and then BOOM!! Undiluted, unsupervised, unrevised, uncensored Robmey emerges just as stiff, stilted and clueless as EVER!!
    Obama 2012– Because Mittens is a joke that NOBODY gets!

    April 27, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    "Because Mittens is a joke that NOBODY gets!'

    Oh, I think we get it. Rmoney is a joke of a candidate the GOBP cult is trying to foist off on the American voters as a serious candidate when all he really is is a warmed over version of GWB (minus the compassion and speaking abilities). Every time the hatewingers make a stupid comment about "massive failure" they massively fail to acknowledge that "massive failure" best describes the rotting corpse of their "party" as it devolves into an irrelevant cult of Ayn Rand nuts and neocons.

    April 27, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. MaryAngeline

    Mitt trying to be "real," showing his everyman side, makes even me feel sorry for him, and I don't even like him. Can only imagine how it makes his supporters feel! Can't imagine him doing SNL, but if he does, even I might stay up and watch.

    April 27, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Maybe Ann can go on with Mittens and tell everyone around the world about how great he is "unzipped." The collective gagging and heaving would be monumental

    April 27, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. timothy

    His own guy said he was gonna Etch-a-Sketch his way through the campaign. I don't think the gullible, uneducated GOP voters will even notice. He even named neo-con Rich Grenell as foreign policy spokesman, but I don't think the gullible uneducated GOP voters will even notice.

    April 27, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Lolo

    This couple wants to be in the white house so bad they can taste it. But their reasons are all wrong. It is only for their reputation not for the American people. So sad.

    April 27, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. John

    Romney keeps waffling and changing his mind. He is not a decisive leader but an opportunist who sticks his finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing.....

    April 27, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Is Mitt a Git?

    Romney is not cool enough to do an SNL cameo. I would suggest SNL do a parody of Mitt–that will get even more laughs.

    April 27, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I already know the name for the first skit, "Mitt Romney, Unplugged."

    April 27, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. TamarS

    it won't make romney any more attractive as a candidate who is stiff and out of touch from the real world.

    April 27, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Mittens can't even manage to run an ORIGINAL campaign with original ideas, if he were ( in an alternate universe of course) to make it to the White House, whose ideas would he steal like he is now stealing the President's? Just wondering out loud....
    Obama 2012–Because he IS the Obaminator, and Originator of America's recovery.

    April 27, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. djwazu

    Spare us, What's with that woman's jaw holy cow! No un intended.

    April 27, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    John wrote:

    Ummmm...didn't the RNC just release a video accusing Obama of being a "celebrity president"...now Romney is considering doing SNL? Do they even understand the words that are coming out of their own mouths?
    -----------------
    It is called talking out of both sides of your mouth, hoping people are too stupid to notice.

    April 27, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. GI Joe

    Gag. Is she going to be co-president? I don't think the two of them have a brain between them.

    Sure, they can make money by shipping jobs overseas - anybody can. Sure, they can make money staying home earning interest on the money they got for shipping jobs overseas. Sure, they can cut planned parenthood, cut taxes for the wealthy, cut healthcare for regular people.

    What can they do for the U.S.A.?

    He begged the government for the money to save the olympics. Who will he beg for money to save the U.S.A.? Nobody.

    April 27, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Bessy

    Who is up for election here ? Is it Mitt OR Ann ?
    Yesterday she was looking for a " sympathy vote " and today, " it would be a thrill " to do SNL. In her mind they have already moved into the White House. They both are sickening and I hope that the American people see them for who they really are and what they will really do to this country.

    April 27, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. once upon a horse

    but according to the latest Karl Rove ad isn't it BAD for someone like Romney to out there in the celebrity limelight trying to draw attention to himself? Especially with the country in such sad shape, right? Think before you jump, Mitt your possible performance there could become an attack ad in November.

    April 27, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Squigman

    Some people give off vibes, just from their facial features. It looks like Romney's, are motivated by Ann's desire for power and wealth, while Mitt's desire is to make all love his every move and tone. Certain shows, or tells are hard to cover up. Just ask any poker player.

    April 27, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. justaminit

    “Actually, Mitt is a very funny guy.” Hasn't made me laugh because of his wit, only because of his attempts to be relevant. "I think the trees are just the right height". Very Presidential, heart-warming statement. Like Lon Chaney, the man of a thousand faces.

    April 27, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. brian in denver

    If the man can't do a skit on SNL w/out his wife holding his hand, how's he gonna deal w/ the pressures of the presidency?

    April 27, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. MNTaxpayer

    He has to do all of the political caluclations first. Then he'll decide.

    April 27, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. RINO Bil

    Homer Simpson would have made a decision by now. Romney's demonstrated inability to make even a simple a decision is begining to concern me.

    I wonder how long would Mitt take to make a life-and-death decision?

    April 27, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Mark

    His skit will feature Mitt as a pancake cook. A flip-flopper should be featured as pancake flipper.

    April 27, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Tex71

    I wonder if they realize we will be laughing AT them, not with them.

    April 27, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    This is the same Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney who is fitting an elevator in his car garage, with his wife driving a couple of cadillacs, renovating his beach front home in California, besides his four other houses all over the planet, while thinking of vacationing in France, with his millions of "vulture capitalist money" all stashed up in secret foreign accounts in SWISS BANK ACCOUNT and the CAYMEN ISLAND...and all of his five sons having millions in their TRUST FUNDS!

    And Karl Rove GPS made a "celebrity ad about President Obama? The gall................

    Talk about Celebrity & MTV CELEBRITY CRIB...this guy Etch-a-Sketch Mitt put the Kardashians to SHAME!!!!

    Romney says congratulate me because I am RICH...yes, I congratulate you Mitt because I am NOT jealous as you would want to accuse me!

    But I DONT want Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney and the GOP thugs, Karl Rove GPS, Paul Ryan, and the Koch Brothers telling me SHAME ON ME because I am an average guy who is working two jobs...and that I should pay more to fund their TAX BREAKS & THEIR RICH OUT OF TOUCH LIFESTYLE!!!!

    April 27, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. BLKMANinAmerica

    It's ok peaches..........................NO ONE really needs to see the PLASTIC-MAN anymore.

    April 27, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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