Saturday Night Live comedian Kate McKinnon won't be the only Hillary Clinton on the show's stage Saturday night. This weekend, the actress — and diehard Hillary supporter — who impersonates Clinton will reportedly be joined by the real deal in what will mark the first appearance of a 2016 presidential candidate on the show.
The New York Times reports that Clinton is "expected to pop in to join Ms. McKinnon as part of the so-called cold open skit" in what SNL and NBC were hoping would be a "splashy surprise." In the skit, the Times reports that Clinton "would likely poke fun at herself for trying to appear more authentic while carefully plotting her path to the presidency."
This is exactly the Clinton characteristic that McKinnon has mocked on SNL before — and exactly the reason she finds Clinton "so lovable." "She's a staunch, passionate lady," McKinnon told The New York Times Magazine, "and in our culture, unfortunately, there's something funny about that."
An NBC spokeswoman and Clinton's campaign declined to comment on the possibility of Clinton's appearance. If she were to appear, The New York Times reports that she would likely have to turn down the opportunity to be a keynote speaker for the Human Rights Campaign that night.