During a media conference call Tuesday, "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Lorne Michaels said there is a chance that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may appear on the show this fall, after Michaels was asked by The Huffington Post whether the show has been in communication with Romney's campaign.
"We talked six to eight weeks ago and at the time there was some interest," Michaels said, confirming earlier reports that he was courting the former Massachusetts governor. Michaels said he has not had any new communication with Romney since he has become the presumptive choice for the GOP nomination, so chances of him appearing this season are slim.
"There are only three shows left [this season] and it's pretty jam-packed," Michaels said. "Maybe in the fall, but that depends on his availability."
If Romney were to host "SNL," it would be the first time a presidential candidate did so since Steve Forbes in 1996 (the publishing magnate didn't make it to the general election). However, almost every candidate in the last several presidential elections has made either a live or pre-recorded appearance on the show.
Michaels, who spoke on the call along with upcoming "SNL" host Eli Manning, was reluctant to answer questions about cast member contracts amidst rumors that Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg or Jason Sudeikis may leave the show after this season.
"No one talks about it until the season is done," Michaels said, adding that he knows "there will be some" changes but he wishes that everyone could stay.
As far as new cast members go, Michaels said the show will "for sure" be seeing new faces in the fall as he scouts talent at comedy venues in Chicago and elsewhere over the summer.
"The show has always been about bringing people in," Michaels added.
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