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‘SNL’ Brings Back One of Its Biggest Stars to Host, Along With a Music Icon

Oct 15, 2014  •  Post A Comment

NBC’s late-night sketch staple “Saturday Night Live” is pulling out all the stops for the Nov. 1 show, bringing back a major alum of the show in Chris Rock as the guest host along with a huge musical guest in Prince.

Rock was a cast member on the show from 1990-1993 and has not hosted in 18 years, Entertainmentwise reports. For Prince, it will be his third time as musical guest on “SNL.”

Prince has just released two new albums — one solo and one with a band. It was not known whether he will perform with a band on “SNL.”

“The booking announcement comes just days after Bill Hader hosted one of the least-watched episodes of the show this year,” the report notes. “The ‘Superbad’ actor — who was formerly a permanent fixture on the comedy series — reprised his much-loved roles as ‘Stefon’ and other famous characters, but failed to draw in the show’s usual ratings. Instead, the episode tied in with Charlize Theron’s turn as host in May as the lowest-rated ‘SNL’ showing ever, both overall and in the prized 18-49 demographic.”

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4 Comments

  1. Rock is *not* one of SNL’s “biggest stars.”

  2. If anything, I suspect this move by SNL might backfire. Longtime watchers of SNL like myself (since it started in 1975) have written off the show completely. It has jumped whatever remained of its own shark. This show is dead. It really sucks. It’s not even a good parody of itself. The talen is lame, at best. Weekend Update is an unintelligible mess. I’m not at all surprised that last week’s show with Bill Hader tied with the lowest-rated episode EVER. Hader and his tired buddies (including Wiig) richly deserve the comeuppance. He was not funny. The show was not funny. Stefon was a disaster. The second song by Hozier was the only good thing on the entire show. Lorne Michaels does not seem to understand that SNL is over. Waaay over.

  3. Okay Bill. I get it. You do not like “Saturday Night Live.” Personally, I hear much of the same from people who are older (mid-40’s up) who remember watching the first seasons of “SNL.” I really think that the Jan Hook years were great and for the most part, well in to the mid-2000’s. So they have had a few rough seasons and without any real competition on the networks (ABC and CBS rerun shows here in Chicago), they can jump the shark a little more…

  4. Who is “Bill”? If you cannot read names properly, maybe you should not be commenting here.

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