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Watch: Big Bird Responds to Mitt Romney's Debate Threat on 'Saturday Night Live'

The big yellow bird was sleepy--'Saturday Night Live' is way past his bedtime.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney created quite a stir at the first debate last week when he said, “I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS,” adding that while he loves “Big Bird,” he’s “not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for us.”

The line went viral, with Big Bird memes popping up everywhere. And on Saturday, the famous character from Sesame Street had the opportunity to respond--on Saturday Night Live.

Big Bird appeared during Seth Meyers’ news segment. The big yellow bird was sleepy--SNL is way past his bedtime. Big Bird also talked Twitter with Meyers, but declined to talk politics. “I don’t want to ruffle any feathers,” said Big Bird. Watch the segment at the bottom of this piece.

New York Times was granted behind the scenes access this week to the show and detailed how SNL pulled off their post-presidential debate show. There’s some interesting details on Big Bird reported.

At first, “executives at the Children’s Television Workshop were reluctant to have their beloved character in anything that could be construed as political commentary.” But after personal appeals to friends at the Children’s Television Workshop from the creator of SNL, the late-night show shared the script with the executives who run Sesame Street, and they signed on.

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Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.