Hillary Clinton's Saturday Night Live surprise cameo ruined by campaign leak.

Hillary’s Campaign Plans “Top Secret” SNL Cameo, Promptly Ruins Surprise

Hillary’s Campaign Plans “Top Secret” SNL Cameo, Promptly Ruins Surprise

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Oct. 1 2015 2:38 PM

Hillary’s Campaign Plans SNL Cameo, Promptly Ruins Surprise

Hillary Clinton raises stands on stage during the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention on September 19, 2015 in Manchester.
Surprise? Above, Hillary Clinton stands on stage during the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention on Sept. 19, 2015, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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It seems that Hillary Clinton’s team hasn’t quite figured out how this whole spontaneity thing works. The New York Times reports that Hillary is set to make a “top-secret appearance” on Saturday Night Live this weekend, a surprise cameo that was ruined when someone with ties to her campaign leaked the news to the nation’s paper of record:

In a top-secret appearance that her campaign would not confirm, Mrs. Clinton will meet her comedic counterpart, Kate McKinnon, who has portrayed the former first lady to effusive praise as the latest “SNL” member to don a blonde wig and attempt to bring to life the character of Mrs. Clinton.
In order to appear, Mrs. Clinton turned down the chance to give the keynote address to the influential Human Rights Campaign, the country’s most powerful lesbian and gay rights group, which will allow her to make the debut “SNL” appearance of her 2016 campaign, said several people with knowledge of her schedule who could not discuss private planning for attribution.
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Apparently afraid there might still be a sliver of surprise left come Saturday night, those same sources went ahead and told the Times that Clinton will most likely join McKinnon as part of this week’s cold open. “In the proposed skit,” the paper reports, “Mrs. Clinton would likely poke fun at herself for attempting to be appear more authentic while carefully plotting her path to the presidency.” Actually, on second thought, sounds to me like the skit might already be underway.

On a more serious note, though, the apparent snub of the Human Rights Campaign won't do Hillary any favors with the LGBTQ community, which found another reason to be troubled by Clinton's personal views in the latest release of her private emails.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.