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. JR

    Didn't they just complete an ad portraying President Obama as a shallow celebrity for doing late night shows? Nice messaging cohesiveness. PS Romney a notorious prankster? Like what, super gluing the toilet tissue? Calling people to ask if their refrigerator is running?

    April 27, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. terryrayc

    wow, I don't remember all the haters making a fuss when Obamamama went on SNL....wait that's right, to the left Obama is god and can do anything...everyone else just sucks.

    April 27, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)
    Ann, with all the respect you deserve, you're NOT running for President.

    LOL. I'm getting the impression she wants it more than Mitt does. Maybe it's just me, but lately Mitt's been coming off as not quite sure of himself anymore.

    April 27, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Aside from the TV ad that was released yesterday, I really do not see what the problem is with going on SNL. Romney did just fine reading the top 10 countdown on David Letterman's show. He had is lines down pat. If he were a musical band, then the word "tight" would apply.

    April 27, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. clarke

    What ever floats your boat.

    April 27, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Martin

    He should show up waving a flip flop.

    He's just given a speech cricizing President Obama for going on "Jimmy Fallon" but is considering a stint on SNL?

    Sorry, Mittens, but I believe "Jimmy Fallon" gets way more viewers than SNL in this day and age. Maybe if you'd have done it 30, even 20 years ago, people would have been watching.

    April 27, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "notorious prankster and jokester"

    And his run for POTUS is the biggest one yet.

    April 27, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "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?"

    I dunno. Maybe with his wife holding his...

    April 27, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. rs

    Oh, he had better NOT go on SNL! Rush and all the FOX cretins will say it isn't dignified. beneath the office of the President, and more. Oh, wait, that's only when Obama does it. Hypocrits!

    April 27, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Dave

    I'm not sure why a guy who is successful in business is branded as being out of touch....the guy created 100,000 jobs in the private sector, turned around a corrupt Olympic games and his health care for Mass. was copied by Barack Obama!
    The Obamas have made about 10 million dollars these past few years: does that make them out of touch too?

    April 27, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Eddie The Barber

    I hear some media folks in Boston are looking for a new Bozo the Clown – want to revive the old local TV show. If Mitt does well on SNL he might interview for the job after he looses this election. At least he's qualified.

    April 27, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. SuperD

    Mitt, don't do it, take the high road. Obama has to do things like appear on TV shows, because he can't run on his record. Plus, he gets favorable treatment.

    Stick to your guns, bring up this sorry, progressive, utopian economy with 10% unemployment, and slap him over his stupid head every opportunity you get.

    America is tired of the Clown show, vote for Romney.

    April 27, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    terryrayc wrote:

    wow, I don't remember all the haters making a fuss when Obamamama went on SNL
    ----------
    chalk it up to conservative voter brain assimilation and indoctrination resutling in expected short term memory loss.

    April 27, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Woman In California

    “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.

    No, what you want Willard is it to be portrayed in a positive light – something of which could never happen.

    As to Ann appearing with him. What are they the new Bonnie and Clyde of politics? Why does Ann always have to be close by and why is Willard so dependent on her? Everytime she has to "be by his side" she just reaffirms what we all know and that is he is a weak man who has never done anything by himself his entire life and the nation would be much better off without these two sidekicks.

    April 27, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Woman In California

    @ Bessy

    I couldn't agree more with you. You are 100% correct.

    April 27, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. carmen tx.

    red , white and blue tx. if mitt goes on sat. nite live maybe best ann would go and tell him when to laugh. for the money they have in the bank and their pockets they never smile. same for all rich people they just don't smile. you know your health is your wealth and as you age if your health no good all the money in the world won't help you. if the money people of usa would step up to the plate and help the poor people we would'nt be so worried about the government money. and by the way if we the people don't do anything with the money what will they do with the money. we in tx. want obama in the wh he brings a fresh of air in the room. perry should look and see how to act. tx. just don't get it. then we in tx. has the big ole karl with his board trying to figure what to do to shop obama down there on fox. like people like looking at that face. we need something new in tx. a clean up out here real bad. a tx. family that thinks tx. needs a clean up from the bottom up.

    April 27, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Woman In California

    Sniffit wrote:

    "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?"

    I dunno. Maybe with his wife holding his...

    Unfortunately, that appears true. Remember her "unzipped" moment? Double YUCK to this couple.

    April 27, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. ST

    Romney should not be a person who he isn't. We have witnessed several times he pretends to be like a person full of humor and everything turned flat. He shouldn't even show his face at SNL, otherwise he will be bad news instead of the intended ones (good news).

    April 27, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Robert

    Two more puppets for us! get real.

    April 27, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Lynda?Minnesota
    I'm getting the impression she wants it more than Mitt does. Maybe it's just me, but lately Mitt's been coming off as not quite sure of himself anymore
    -------------------------------------------------
    That's quite possible Lynda. The impression I'm getting is that Mittens is a "Mama's boy", Ann being the mama. This man is just as lost as a city boy in the jungle. He can't seem to get the "beat" to this dance that he's chosen to dance to –AGAIN. Everytime he "poops" here comes Ann to clean up after him. Everytime he screws up, here comes Ann to clarify and explain.
    WTH we need him for?
    Ann should run! lol!!

    April 27, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Martin

    He should show up waving a flip flop
    -------------------------------------------------
    Great idea!
    Better yet, if he had an ounce of originality in him he should be giving away FREE FLIP FLOPS at all of his "rallies".
    He only gets about 200 folks to attend them anyways so it isn't like the expense would break him.

    April 27, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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