When “Saturday Night Live” sent out a tweet on August 29 asking fans “Who do you want to host SNL?” for Season 48, more than 40,000 people commented on their picks. Some picked themselves, and some made top ten lists. But one name kept coming up: Carol Burnett. Even actor Patton Oswalt tweeted, “Guys, Carol Burnett. Come ON. Please?” Surprisingly, legendary comedian Burnett has never hosted “Saturday Night Live,” and if she does host an episode of the upcoming season, she’ll make history as the oldest host of the show.
The current holder of the oldest “SNL” host title is the late Betty White, who last hosted the show in 2010 at the age of 88. Burnett is 89 years old at the time of writing. Since news began spreading that Burnett has never hosted the iconic show, fans have been speculating as to why she’s never been asked. In Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad’s “Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live,” they claimed that Lorne Michaels wasn’t a fan of performers breaking character the way they did on “The Carol Burnett Show,” and some fans wondered if word had got back to Burnett (via Television Academy Foundation). But she did an interview in 2016 with Larry King in which she said that she’d host the show — if she was asked.
With that said, it looks like the next move is up to Michaels.