Melissa McCarthy Should Play Sarah Huckabee Sanders on ‘SNL,’ Twitter Says

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaks during press briefing on May 11. (Getty)

Saturday Night Live is in need of a new character.

With Sarah Huckabee Sanders being introduced into White House press briefings this past week, much speculation has been made on social media as to who will portray her on the long-running sketch comedy show.

Many of those users have the easiest answer: Melissa McCarthy.

The comedic actress has become a staple of SNL recently with her hilarious portrayal of fiery White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. And now, people are screaming for her to play a dual role on the show, acting as both Spicer and Sanders.

There’s good reason for it, too.

McCarthy and Sanders look eerily similar. Just take a look at this tweet below with a side-by-side comparison of the two.

McCarthy, who is known for her role on the TV series Gilmore Girls, then on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly and also in the movie Bridesmaids, has been nominated four-straight years for a Primetime Emmy for her guest appearances on SNL.

Those SNL appearances have taken a new turn with President Donald Trump‘s administration taking over January 20. She plays an outspoken Spicer, dressing up in full costume and frequently getting testy with reporters.

McCarthy introduced the Spicer character on the February 4 episode of SNL and then did so again February 11.
McCarthy returned to portray Spicer on the April 16 episode. YouTube replays of her as Spicer have garnered millions of views.


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But with Spicer absent from a majority of the press briefings this week due to his Navy duties, a need exists to create the Sanders character. And conveniently, McCarthy is hosting the May 13 episode of SNL.

That’s led to widespread speculation that McCarthy would be a perfect fit for the Sanders role, and could even play Spicer in the episode as well.

Sanders has burst into the headlines after filling in for Spicer for press briefings Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Before that, she also filled in for him May 5. She serves as the deputy press secretary and, similar to Spicer, has gotten a bit testy with reporters inquiring about the unexpected firing of FBI Director James Comey and a number of other broad topics.

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It seems logical that writers and producers at SNL would select McCarthy to have a run at the Sanders character, though nothing has been confirmed yet.

Here are some of the top tweets about the possibility of Sanders being played by McCarthy: