lorne michaels getty 'Saturday Night Live's' Lorne Michaels on Mitt Romney as host and possible cast changesLorne Michaels, head honcho of “Saturday Night Live” since its inception in 1975, spoke with the press Wednesday (May 2) about Eli Manning‘s upcoming hosting gig. But of course, the hot topics were rumors like Mitt Romney as a host and the changes that might happen with the current cast after this season wraps.

“I know there will be some [cast changes],” says Michaels. “No one kind of talks about it until the season’s done. Needless to say, I’d like everyone to stay.”

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any fresh faces come fall 2012.

“Every summer we go out and make the rounds of Chicago and LA and New York and various other places,” Michaels continues. “Invariably, that leads to somebody joining. The show has always been about bringing new people in.”

And a possible fresh face viewers can look forward to is presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The show had some interest when it originally approached him six or eight weeks ago, but then the Republican primaries took over and they couldn’t find the time. But Michaels says they’ll pursue Romney for the fall, if he can fit it into his schedule.

As for Eli Manning, who is hosting Saturday, May 5, Michaels says he’s been on the show’s wish list for a long time.

“I think he’s both charming and radiates a certain kind of intelligence. And a kind of, you sort of believe that he doesn’t take himself that seriously. I think he takes his work very seriously, but there’s a sort of essential modesty to him and that plays well with what we do,” says Michaels.

Read what Eli had to say about his experience with the show so far here, and look for his hosting gig this coming Saturday, starting at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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