As for the long-told rumor about how close he and John Lennon came to actually showing up on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1976 when Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles a whopping $3000 to reunite? "It nearly happened man, it very, very nearly happened."
McCartney said, "We're just sitting around and having a laugh and 'Saturday Night Live' came on, and he said, 'Have you been watching this?' 'No, I'm living in England, why, what's going on?' He said, 'They've got this amazing thing going on, where Lorne Michaels came on last week and he said I'm entitled to offer you, the Beatles, so much money [to reunite].' It wasn't an awful lot - it was the standard rate.
So John said, 'It's a hoot, you know what would be great, we can go down there now. It's only around the corner, we should show up.' For about five minutes, we were going 'We've got to do it.' Then it was like, 'Are you kidding, let's stay in and watch the show, stay comfortable, if we go down there it's gonna be crazy. It would be a great story,' but we decided against it."
When asked if the decision to never reunite was one of the smartest decisions they ever made, McCartney agreed. "We talked about it, we certainly got offered a lot of money to do it, but it was one of those things, it was like, 'You know what, guys? We've done it. We've come full circle. We've been through all the joys and the horrors of being in a band, we've done everything we wanted to do.'"