She played herself in the show's cold open, which mocked Fox News' coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Warren was "interviewed" about her campaign by Kate McKinnon, dressed as Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
Warren said she was "doing just fine" since dropping out of the race. "My friends and family have been so supportive. They've been calling nonstop, asking, 'Are you OK?' 'What do you need?' 'Were you electable?'"
In the sketch, Warren said that she was proud of her campaign because “We built a wide coalition of teachers, preschool teachers, middle school teachers, and teachers’ pets."
"And not only did I not accept money from billionaires, I got to give one a swirly on live TV," she joked in reference to her decisive Feb. 19 debate performance against fellow former candidate Michael Bloomberg.
"But now, I’ve got time to do a little self-care. Hanging out with my dog Bailey, prank-calling banks, drag-racing Subarus, avoiding Twitter."
As Warren was preparing for the end of the sketch, McKinnon — who had been off camera — raced back onstage in a matching outfit, clearly surprising her. McKinnon has been impersonating Warren on SNL and offered a tribute.
"I wanted to put on my favorite outfit to thank you for all that you've done in your lifetime," McKinnon said.
“I’m not dead, I’m just in the Senate,” Warren quipped in response, before the two introduced the show together.
McKinnon and Warren also recorded themselves doing the Drake "Flipped the Switch" TikTok challenge in a video that was posted to Twitter by the official Saturday Night Live account.
Warren's appearance on the show, just like her candidacy, received a strikingly mixed response on social media.
Tons of people loved the sketch, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who tweeted that the senator's surprise cameo was "legendary."
Warren was also criticized for not using the opportunity to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for the presidency.
When asked whom she'd be endorsing on Saturday Night Live, Warren answered, "It’s tough. Maybe I’ll just pull a New York Times and endorse them both.”