October 8th, 2012
10:46 AM ET
We can't help but wonder if Elmo's feeling a little jealous now that Big Bird's getting late-night play.
The yellow, tall and feathered "Sesame Street" resident stayed up seven hours past bedtime on Saturday to sit down with Seth Meyers on "Saturday Night Live's" "Weekend Update."
The sketch comedy show offered the character the chance to respond to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks about loving Big Bird, but not so much that he wouldn't cut funding from PBS.
Romney made his now famous comments last Wednesday, causing a variety of Twitter users to jump to Big Bird's defense.
But while the character got "a million tweets" about Romney's name drop, it's not because Big Bird's on Twitter.
"No, I'm a bird," the character told Meyers. "Tweeting is how we talk."
Since the debate, Big Bird's feeling like a star. "I was walking down the street the other day and I felt like everybody recognized me. It's so weird to think that just a few days ago, I could just blend in like every other perfectly normal, 8-foot tall talking bird."
Big Bird's "SNL" appearance was courtesy of the show's creator and executive producer, Lorne Michaels, who the New York Times reports made calls to friends at the Children's Television Workshop to pull it off.
Although executives were said to be hesitant, after a script read actor Caroll Spinney prepped his feathered costume for the appearance, which you can view via a YouTube clip below:
"SNL" and "Sesame Street" neatly avoided any political talk as well, as Big Bird told Meyers, "I don't want to ruffle any feathers."
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