Welcome to the membership! Paul Rudd’s internet hosting look throughout Saturday Night Live’s remaining episode of the year additionally earned him entrance to the elite Five-Timers Club.
While the Saturday, December 18, episode of the NBC selection sequence appeared totally different in comparison with vacation iterations previous, 52-year-old Rudd was nonetheless capable of put on the particular Five-Timers jacket like many membership members earlier than him.
At the beginning of the present, Tom Hanks and Tina Fey kicked off a pre-recorded section, wherein they introduced the jacket to Rudd, with some digital assist from present OGs Steve Martin and Martin Short. Cast member Kenan Thompson additionally joined the group on the studio 8H stage.
“Thank you, surviving crew members,” Hanks, 65, mentioned. “Tonight everyone at Saturday Night Live planned to do our big Christmas show and induct a new member into our Five-Timer club but COVID came early this year, so in the interest of safety, we do not have an audience and we sent home our cast [and] most of our crew. But, I came here from California. If you think I was going to fly 3,000 miles and not be on TV, you’ve got another thing coming. … Tonight we planned to welcome Paul Rudd to the club, and we’re not going to let this stop us.”
The I Love You, Man actor, for his half, chimed in: “Thanks for coming, I’m extremely disappointed. … Wow, there was a whole show planned and I just can’t believe I’m not going to get my Five-Timer jacket.”
After the Kenan star, 43, introduced Rudd with the velvet gown, Hanks enlisted the Only Murders within the Building costars to share their very own effectively needs.
“Hi, it’s me, famous Steve Martin. Tonight, I just wanted to congratulate Tom — Paul Rudd,” the Pink Panther star, 76, mentioned by way of a digital look, as Short, 71, delivered in a drink and helped remind him of Rudd’s title. “I’m a huge fan of Tom — Paul Rudd. Tom — Paul Rudd is in one of my favorite movies Forrest Gump — Ant-Man. So, congratulations Tom — Paul Rudd.”
Hours earlier, the NBC manufacturing introduced the episode would characteristic a downsized cast amid rising circumstances in COVID-19.
“Due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no live audience for tonight’s taping of Saturday Night Live and the show will have limited cast and crew,” a spokesperson for SNL informed Us Weekly by way of a press release earlier on Saturday. “The show continues to follow government safety guidelines in addition to a rigorous testing protocol.”
Shortly after the information broke, Charli XCX, additionally introduced her anticipated musical efficiency had been canceled.
“Due to the limited crew at tonight’s taping of SNL my musical performances will no longer be able to go ahead. I am devastated and heartbroken,” the “Boom Clap” songstress, 29, wrote by way of Instagram. “Myself, Caroline, Christine and all of our crews and teams have worked so hard all week alongside the SNL team to bring the most amazing musical performance to live. It can’t happen this time, but I’ll be back! I am verdantly safe and healthy but of course very sad. Please look after yourselves out there and make sure you get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Lots of love, Charli.”
The present later aired recorded sketches that had been taped earlier this week, together with a futuristic “Evening With Pete” the place Pete Davidson poked enjoyable at being a intercourse image and his longtime friendship with Machine Gun Kelly. The selection present additionally reshared a choice of previous iconic sketches earlier than Michael Che and the 30 Rock creator, 51, teamed up for a Weekend Update section.
The sketch sequence introduced final month that the Ghostbusters: Afterlife star — who beforehand hosted episodes in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2019 — would return to the NBC stage for its vacation episode.
“Hi, I’m Paul Rudd and I’m hosting SNL with Charli XCX,” the New Jersey native defined in an episode promo, which premiered on Thursday, December 16, earlier than cast member Ego Nwodim congratulated him on the distinction. Rudd then jokingly corrected her, “No, I was just arrested for the fifth time this week.”
Saturday Night Live airs on NBC Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET.
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