Lorne Michaels talks Betty White and Sarah Palin

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By Stacey Wilson

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Saturday Night Live" has picked up a total of 126 Emmy nominations since 1976, and won 25 statuettes.

If history is any guide, the show should add an award or two later this month. It is up for 12 nominations, including rival contenders Tina Fey and Betty White in the guest-actress category.

Last year, its 13 nominations translated into a pair of wins. Only three times this decade has it gone home empty-handed. Series creator Lorne Michael, 65, recently discussed his show's chances.

WITH 126 NOMINATIONS, "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" HAS SURPASSED "ER" TO BECOME THE MOST NOMINATED SHOW IN EMMY HISTORY. AFTER 35 YEARS, WHAT DO AWARDS MEAN TO YOU?

Lorne Michaels: Nothing, until you're sitting there and then they mean everything!

WHAT ABOUT "SNL" ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

Michaels: I'm built to always be thinking about the show we are about to do. But I am certainly proud of all of the work we've done. I have great affection for everyone who's ever been a cast member.

YOU WERE RECENTLY IN CHICAGO AND L.A. SCOUTING TALENT FOR THE SHOW. CAN WE EXPECT MORE STAFF CHANGES THIS YEAR?   Continued...

 
<p>Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels arrives for Time magazine's 100 most influential people gala in New York May 8, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>