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Maya Rudolph reveals what 'SNL' showrunner texted her following Kamala Harris' VP nomination

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Maya Rudolph is clearing her calendar after learning that Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 presidential election.

Rudolph scored an Emmy nod for portraying the California Senator on Saturday Night Live and is looking forward to possibly putting the pantsuit back on for even more political sketches.

Of course, between all the prepping and planning, The Good Place actress also says her phone has been blowing up and shared the hilarious texts SNL boss Lorne Michaels sent her following the veep announcement.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Rudolph disclosed that Michaels “sent me a GIF of myself, as Kamala, in sunglasses, sipping a cocktail and saying, ‘Oh no.'”

After Michaels sent her the GIF, the Bridesmaids actress said the gesture “really made me laugh.”

That moment was from SNL‘s spoof of the DNC Town Hall when a question was directed at Woody Harrelson‘s Biden, asking about what he’d do if he was implicated in the Ukraine scandal.  

“Oh no, that would be terrible,” Rudolph sarcastically mused while sipping a tropical cocktail through a straw. “Not Joe Biden…”

However, there’s one thing standing between Rudolph and the SNL stage — Lorne Michaels himself.  While she hasn’t officially received an invite to reprise her now Emmy-nominated role, that cryptic text seems to be a step in the right direction.

In addition, the SNL boss wasn’t the only one who immediately thought of Rudolph following the historic announcement that Kamala Harris will become the first Black and Asian American woman to join the presidential ticket for a major political party.

“I’m like, ‘Is it my birthday again?’ My phone straight up and blew up,” said the actress. “It’s pretty insane. And I think there’s a collective excitement about this. It’s a spot of positivity and hope and some good news.”

By Megan Stone
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