It’s been over a decade since Jeff Gordon hosted Saturday Night Live for the first and only time.
But with NBC Sports slated to televise more than half of next season’s Sprint Cup schedule – the first of a 10-year contract agreement – might Gordon be back to host SNL sometime soon?
(Hint, hint: Like maybe right after he wins his fifth Sprint Cup championship a little over three weeks from now, perhaps?)
Gordon, who reportedly was a finalist to replace the retiring Regis Philbin on “Live with Regis & Kelly” – the role eventually went to former NFL player Michael Strahan – a couple years ago, would gladly welcome a SNL reprise.
“It was an opportunity of a lifetime and I had a blast,” Gordon said during his weekly media availability Friday morning at Martinsville Speedway. “I was also scared to death to do it. But I’m glad that I did it.”
Gordon, who surprised us a few years ago when we learned he was a former breakdancing whiz, is all ready to do SNL again.
But he has a “request:”
“Just let me go through a Ricky Funck skit,” Gordon said of the hilarious “super cool” mustachioed and mulleted role he played in that 2003 appearance. “That was my favorite thing that I did on the show and I thought it was pretty funny.
“I would love to get the opportunity to do that again.”
Gordon is friends with SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels. If the driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet answers the phone one day and it’s Michaels on the other end asking if the former would be interested in returning to SNL, there’s no doubt what Gordon’s answer will be.
“It’s one of those things where you can’t turn it down,” Gordon said. “If you’re asked, you have to do it. It’s just too much of an honor and an opportunity that you can’t say no.”
Hey, maybe a reprised Ricky Funck skit with Gordon doing a breakdancing routine?
As Ricky would say, “Awesome, dude.”
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