Martha Shares Her Biggest Regret—and It Involves 'Saturday Night Live'

Our founder opened up to Harper's Bazaar about her career, including the gig she still hopes to land.

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Martha Stewart is America's favorite hostess—but there is one hosting gig that she has yet to acquire. In a new interview with Harper's Bazaar (and a video that details what she eats in a day!), Martha shared that, should she be asked to take the helm on Saturday Night Live, she certainly wouldn't send her regrets.

In fact, it's one of the only parts of her career she wishes she could rewrite; she was offered the chance years ago, but was forced to decline. "My only big regret that I can talk about is that Saturday Night Live asked me to host. My probation officer wouldn't give me the time," she says, noting that this plagues her to this day. "I would have loved to have hosted Saturday Night Live. I'd like that on my résumé."

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But if our founder's career is any indication, this case isn't closed: The forever innovator is always looking towards her next move, and why shouldn't it include SNL? "Martha's not static," her friend and right-hand man Kevin Sharkey, the executive vice president of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, told the outlet. "She taught me that legacy isn't really a past-tense experience; it's what she's going to build tomorrow or in an hour or next week."

As for what Martha's building in the here and now? From her latest venture in CBD ("Boy, nobody has gummies that taste like that," she said, referencing her line of pâte des fruits, which also includes oil tinctures and soft gels) to her active-as-ever pandemic life at Bedford ("Oh, I love to snowplow," she says of tackling this winter's constant torrent. "I was semi-frozen to death. But it was fun."), Martha simply does not stop—not even for COVID-19.

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That's why she, along with a careful crew (she's managed to keep every single member of her staff on the payroll during the pandemic), transformed her home into her place of work, converting many spaces into a makeshift production studio so she can continue to get the job done on her own terms. "There's no hierarchy in my life. I will wash the floor if I have to wash the floor. I'll take out the garbage if nobody else has taken out the garbage," she noted. "The CEO should be available to everybody at all times, if possible."

And if there's anything to take away from her lauded career, it is that. "I've said it so many times, but take your life into your own hands," she concluded. "Don't let other people direct you. Know what you want. I really believe in that."

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