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

Paterson’s appearance on the show was to take place Saturday evening.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the governor refused to comment. NBC has also refused to comment.

The governor has been a critic of SNL in the past. He once said the late-night program’s parodies hurt disabled people not in a position to 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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