Ben Carson won't appear on 'Saturday Night Live'

The GOP presidential front-runner and former neurosurgeon said he won't do “Saturday Night Live,” a rite of passage for many White House contenders.Win McNamee/Getty Images

The GOP presidential front-runner and former neurosurgeon said he won’t do “Saturday Night Live,” a rite of passage for many White House contenders.

WASHINGTON — Ben Carson apparently isn’t a Lorne Michaels fan.

The front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination and former neurosurgeon said he won’t do “Saturday Night Live,” a rite of passage for many White House contenders.

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“I think the presidency of the United States is a very serious thing,” the retired neurosurgeon said during an interview with Bloomberg Politics. “I don’t even want to begin to put it in the lightness of comedy.”

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, appears Oct. 3 in a skit with Kate McKinnon on “Saturday Night Live.”NBC

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, appears Oct. 3 in a skit with Kate McKinnon on “Saturday Night Live.”

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Taran Killam as Donald Trump and Cecily Strong as Melania Trump in the Oct. 3 “SNL” episode. The real Donald Trump is set to host the long-running comedy on Nov. 7.

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That sets him apart from businessman Donald Trump, who’s set to host the long-running comedy on Nov. 7, as well as Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who recently appeared on the show.

Carson has leapt ahead of Trump in recent polls of early voting Iowa, and is edging closer to him in national surveys. But he indicated he wasn’t looking to fight with the fiery former reality show star.

“My personal interactions have shown him to be a gentleman,” Carson said. “I think there’s another element sometimes when he’s on camera.”

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