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Lorne Michaels (b. 1944) has been the executive producer of Saturday Night Live off and on since the first season premiered in 1975. He has also been a writer on the show. When launching the series, Michaels was responsible for the involvement of Jim Henson, and The Land of Gorch segments from that first season.
In a 1999 interview on CNN, Michaels discussed the process of adding the Muppets to the show: