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“Once you’ve done `Saturday Night Live,’ it becomes part of your extended life and you remember it forever,” he said. “I have such specific memories from when I was a regular! Like looking out the window at the Christmas tree and skaters.”

Short can expect to feast his eyes on the tree and skaters this week, too. Meanwhile, among the “SNL” cast members he will be joining is Jason Sudeikis, whose future with the show has been a topic of conjecture. With the defeat in November of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (one of Sudeikis’ signature impersonations), there was talk the seven-season veteran might opt to depart “SNL” as soon as the Christmas break.

Not so, said Michaels.

“I’m not sure Jason knew when he signed it, but he did sign a lifetime contract,” Michaels joked. “Of course, he has good lawyers and they’re examining it. But my sense is, we’ll have him for the rest of the season, and I’d like to keep him for longer than that.

“I think this is his best season yet.”

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EDITOR’S NOTE _ Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier