"Oh s**t, ruh-roh...I'm as surprised as you are, guys. That's spicy," Rudolph told Entertainment Weekly, when news broke during a roundtable the magazine was conducting at the time. Rudolph received an Emmy nomination this year for her portrayal of Harris.
When asked if she would be up for playing Harris on the NBC sketch show, she was all for it.
"I love going to the show. Any excuse I can get, I love. I just didn't really anticipate traveling during a pandemic, but if there's anyone that can work it out, I'm sure Lorne [Michaels] has some sort of invisible helicopter that can get me there," Rudolph cracked.
"Ever since I was a kid, truly, I wanted to be on any kind of SCTV, Saturday Night Live, and I can't believe that I got to work there, and I can't believe that it's my family still," she added. "I'm so thrilled to even be associated with the show and that I got to go back. It's like the gift that keeps on giving. Honestly, it's my favorite place to play."
SNL's official Twitter also shared a GIF of Rudolph as Harris.
Rudolph also spoke with IndieWire about the news, saying, "It feels hopeful, as a human living in the United States. It’s terribly exciting to feel like someone so incredibly worthy of the nomination has it, and someone who I admire and respect. It makes me feel energized to follow the campaign. As a person who for so many years played different people, it’s such a joy to get to be part of the race.”
She added, “The show is such an incredible place for people being able to connect with each other about how they’re feeling about the state of the world, the election, and what’s going on. To have any fraction of that, a part of that is just really exciting."
Biden first shared the announcement on Twitter, writing, "I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris -- a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants -- as my running mate.
"Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign," he added.
With the announcement of Kamala Harris as the VP candidate, my twitter trends have switched from wanting to tell me about Nickelback to wanting to tell me about Maya Rudolph. Change is already happening and I welcome it.