These Petitioners Want Michelle Wolf to Host Saturday Night Live

But season 43 is already booked

Michelle Wolf's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner has led at least one publication to drop out. Getty
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A new petition is calling on NBC to tap Michelle Wolf to host Saturday Night Live. There’s just one problem: there are only three new shows left this season and they’re all taken. Donald Glover hosts this Saturday, followed by Amy Schumer on May 12 and Tina Fey on May 19.

The Care2 petition comes following Wolf’s controversial roast at last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

“It’s shameful that the White House Correspondents dinner has publicly expressed ‘regret’ for Wolf’s remarks when they should have stood by her for speaking truth to power,” the petition reads.

Petition author Rebecca Gerber is calling on executive producer Lorne Michaels to invite Wolf to host an upcoming episode of SNL. “She’d definitely be funnier than Trump was,” Gerber said. Donald Trump has hosted the show twice, including in November 2015, when he was running for president. He also hosted in 2004, when he was host of NBC’s The Apprentice.

The White House Correspondents’ Association is rethinking next year’s dinner and is seeking input from members about what they’d like to see from the four-hour program, which is meant to honor reporters who cover the White House and award scholarships to future journalists.

In recent years, the Washington Hilton ballroom has been packed with a mix of politicians, journalists and celebrities. Critics say Wolf’s routine could bring an end to a tradition of having a comedian roast both the press and politicians. Seth Meyers, Larry Wilmore, Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson have all performed there. Jay Leno has roasted Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama at three separate dinners.

One publication, The Hill, announced earlier this week that it will not attend the black-tie event unless changes are made.


@ChrisAriens chris.ariens@adweek.com Chris Ariens is the managing editor and director of video at Adweek.
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