- Associated Press - Saturday, September 25, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - A person close to the governor of New York says he will appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” after lambasting the show for mocking his blindness.

Gov. David Paterson’s appearance on the show is scheduled for Saturday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the governor would not comment publicly. NBC has also refused to comment.

The governor has criticized SNL. He once said the late-night program’s parodies hurt disabled people who can’t fight back.

Cast member Fred Armisen has played Paterson as a clueless blind man with a past of youthful drug use and womanizing. In one skit, Armisen held up a chart illustrating the state’s job losses upside down.

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