Chelsea Handler was interviewed by HuffPost Live today to discuss her new Netflix standup special “Uganda Be Kidding Me,” and told Roy Sekoff about never hosting “Saturday Night Live” due to the show’s producers stringing her along twice without ever actually booking her.
They said, “You’re gonna host.” I was doing Radio City Music Hall that night. I had three sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall. I went over, I met with whoever was working with [Lorne Michaels] — [producer] Marci Klein was working for him at the time. They’re gonna hate that I’m talking about this right now, but I really don’t have a problem with that. So they said, “Oh, we have to have you host.” My agent called, he said, “You’re hosting ‘SNL’. They’re gonna give you a date in the fall.” And then it never happened.
Handler told HuffPo she was “upset” at first, but then “got over it.”
The show approached her again when she published her book Uganda Be Kidding Me and asked her to host. She said:
“I said, ‘OK, great. Well, they blew me off last time, I don’t know what the issue was.’ And I think the thing I heard was something like … the writers have a problem anytime we bring on a comedian, which is complete nonsense. I mean, Sarah [Silverman]’s hosted, Lena Dunham hosted it.”