SNL Books Queen Latifah to Play Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill and Queen Latifah

AP; Celebrity Photo

updated 10/03/2008 AT 12:00 PM ET

originally published 10/03/2008 AT 1:20 PM ET

Saturday Night Live has royal plans for a possible vice presidential debate sketch: they’ve booked Queen Latifah to play moderator Gwen Ifill.

“If we do a VP debate sketch, Queen Latifah is lined up to play Gwen Ifill,” an SNL rep confirmed to PEOPLE Friday.

Ifill, who moderated Thursday’s vice presidential debate between Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Joseph Biden, is managing editor of PBS’s Washington Week and senior correspondent for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Because the SNL lineup is not finalized until shortly before airtime, it’s still possible a VP debate sketch will not go live.

In addition to Latifah’s possible appearance, Saturday night’s SNL will feature host Anne Hathaway and musical guest The Killers.

The casting news was initially reported by


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