Unless they patent cyborg technology in the next decade or two, Lorne Michaels won’t live forever—he’s already 68, and though it’s hard to imagine a Saturday Night Live without his guiding influence, the show will eventually have to find a replacement. The obvious choice, given her universal comedic popularity and managerial ability? Tina Fey, of course. But in an interview with the Huffington Post, Fey completely shot down the idea. “Oh, SNL? I mean, I feel like SNL is so defined by Lorne’s taste and his sensibility. That’s why any time people have tried to imitate the format and make their own version of it, you’ll notice it never really quite happens,” she said when asked whether she would ever take over after Michaels leaves. “And I think that’s because he is the center of that show, and I think it should just — when he wants to stop, it should just stop.”
Which, ha ha ha, nice one Tina—as though the capitalistic death engine would ever let a marketable brand like SNL go away just because the person who created it is dead; we still have Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve even though he’s been in the ground for a little while and we have to watch Ryan Seacrest instead. But give Fey credit for playing it coy: When told that a lot of people would put her at the top of their lists to take over, she responds, “Well, thank you. That’s very flattering.” Which is such a deferential answer that she HAS to have been coached already on how to respond, which means she’s DEFINITELY planning on usurping the role whenever Michaels steps down… or maybe it was an honest response, and she really has no intention to do so. I don’t know, I guess we’ll see?