New York - Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has been tapped to host an episode of the popular US sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live next month - a decision that has some up in arms.
The show's producers confirmed on Twitter that the 25-year-old Lohan - a promising child star who has since had several run-ins with the law - would host the programme on March 3, with Jack White as the musical guest.
Lohan - who made headlines when she posed nude for Playboy last month, reportedly earning nearly $1m for the photo spread - was quick to express her thanks, writing on Twitter: "SNL, I love NBC."
Not so thrilled
But others in the Twittersphere were not so thrilled.
"Oh dear, what a hot mess that will be #SNL," wrote one user with the handle Harry Potter. Another, named Jio de Leon, added: "I am expecting this to be a train wreck, just like her life."
Another user, Laura Black, urged her followers to call SNL producers and the NBC television network to demand that they pull Lohan from the line-up.
Lohan - the star of hit Disney movies The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday as well as Mean Girls - is well known for her hard partying and has faced a series of legal tangles over the years.
In January, a California judge said the actress was doing well in complying with the terms of her probation, meaning it could be over at the end of March.
She was sentenced to 35 days of house detention last May as part of a plea bargain over the alleged theft of a $2 500 necklace from a jewellery shop near her home in Venice Beach.
In November, Lohan spent five hours in prison after being sentenced to a 30-day stretch for breaching probation on previous offences including a 2007 drug and drunk driving misdemeanour.
CNN reported that Lohan is in the running to play Elizabeth Taylor in a made-for-television movie.
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