The comedian will host SNL for the fifth time
Will Ferrell, a cast member from 1995-2002, will make his fifth appearance as Saturday Night Live host on November 23 on NBC. His stint later this month will grant him entry into the "Five-Timers-Club", an elite group of performers who have hosted the show five times or more. He's previously hosted the show in 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2018. Other members of the Five-Timers Club include Melissa McCarthy, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Scarlett Johansson. The current record holder for hosting duties though is held by Alec Baldwin, who has top lined the show 17 times. The musical guest on November 23 will be King Princess. @NBCSNL tweeted the good news yesterday.
Prior to becoming a regular on SNL, Ferrell was a Groundlings performer. But SNL was faltering in the ratings and in desperate need of new performers so Ferrell was approached to audition. During his time with Saturday Night Live, Ferrell made a name for himself with his top-notch impersonations.
Fan-favorite impersonations included United States President George W. Bush, Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray, singer Neil Diamond, Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton (who was a big fan of Ferrell's impersonation), Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, United States Attorney General Janet Reno, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, professional wrestler Jesse Ventura and much more.
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The comedian has multiple upcoming projects in various stages of development. He's also established himself as quite the executive producer. He and former producing partner Adam McKay and their now folded banner, Gary Sanchez Productions, are behind projects like HBO's popular Succession, Vice, Drunk History and many more. The funny man has been nominated for 12 Emmys, 2 Golden Globes, 9 MTV Movie Awards, 1 Tony and 15 Teen Choice Awards. One of his Emmys nominations was for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
SNL was embroiled in controversy earlier this year after announcing that comedian Shane Gillis would be joining the cast. Shortly after the announcement, audio surfaced of Gillis making fun of the Asian community. He was hired and fired before ever actually making an appearance on the show.
In a statement by an SNL spokesperson, "...We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard."
You can read Shane's entire response to the matter below.