Sarah Palin is returning to SNL for their big anniversary special next week. Saturday Night Live is celebrating 40 years with a huge event that will air on NBC on February 15. People Magazine reported on Wednesday that Palin will be a part of the festivities.
Palin did not confirm the appearance herself, but People Magazine received the information from a source close to the Alaska politician. She was invited to participate on the special episode by Lorne Michaels, an executive producer for Saturday Night Live.
Palin has been on the series before. She appeared on the series in the weeks before the election in 2008 to help combat the portrayal of her shown on the NBC series. Tina Fey is known for her impersonation of Palin.
In a book released about SNL, Palin spoke about why she decided to appear on the series.
“I know that they portrayed me as an idiot, and I hated that, and I wanted to come on the show and counter some of that.”
That was not all Palin said about Fey’s impersonation of her, according to USA Today. She poked a little fun at the comedian with her comments.
“If I ran into Tina Fey again today, I would say: ‘You need to at least pay for my kids’ braces or something from all the money that you made off of pretending that you’re me! My goodness, you capitalized on that! Can’t you contribute a little bit? Jeez!'”
People Magazine reported that Palin will come with gifts when she appears on the series on February 15.
Palin is not the only high profile celebrity set to appear on the 40th anniversary special for Saturday Night Live. Many former cast members will return to celebrate the milestone. According to the Los Angeles Times, the list of returning cast members includes “Jimmy Fallon, Chevy Chase, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Mike Myers, Amy Poehler, Dana Carvey, Kristen Wiig, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, Garrett Morris, Andy Samberg, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Bill Murray, Bill Hader, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Seth Meyers, Jason Sudeikis, David Spade, Fred Armisen, and Norm Macdonald.”
Eddie Murphy will also return to the series for the first time since he departed in 1984. He did not return to Saturday Night Live when the series celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1999. He has confirmed that he will appear on the special already.
In addition to the cast, many former guests will also return to help the series celebrate the milestone. Everyone from Justin Timberlake to Tom Brady will appear on the special. The episode will take the entire night, and it will include a one-hour red carpet special hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Carson Daly.
News of Sarah Palin appearing on the SNL special has caused a mixed reaction on social media. People are talking about the news on Twitter.
— Stephanie Peters (@petersfl321) February 5, 2015
I think it’s correct that Sarah Palin is going to be on SNL’s 40th Anniversary Show. She’s a comedian.
— Liz Barrett (@lizcomedy) February 5, 2015
— Johnny De Silveira (@canuck4liberty) February 5, 2015
@e_chesney but 2008 election SNL skits….tiny fey as Sarah palin?? Truly iconic
— Yung Meryl (@JoshShambles) February 5, 2015
Earlier this month, Sarah Palin created buzz on social media when she announced that she was considering running for president in 2016.
What do you think about Sarah Palin returning to SNL for their 40th anniversary special? Will you be watching the episode?