Saturday Night Live
is continuing its trend this season of featuring as many singer-hosts
as possible with the news that Justin Timberlake will return as host and
musical guest for the March 9 episode. He joins Bruno Mars, Adam Levine
and Justin Bieber on the list of singers to host this year.
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This will mark Timberlake's fifth time as host and the third time he's hosted while also being the musical guest, something he first did in 2003. This time around he's promoting his new album, The 20/20 Experience
, which will be released March 15. He'll also appear every night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
for the week of March11-15.
While Timberlake has appeared several times as a musical guest, this performance will put him into the elite group of stars who have hosted the show five times, earning him a proper membership in the illustrious Five-Timers Club, a group that includes Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Drew Barrymore, John Goodman, Buck Henry, Chevy Chase, Elliott Gould, Danny DeVito, Candice Bergen and Bill Murray. Some musical guests like Paul Simon and Dave Grohl have appeared more than 10 times each, but neither has hosted five times, making Timberlake the first ever singer to host five times.
Timberlake has always proven to be an outstanding host for SNL
with great comedic timing and several memorable recurring characters including the "Bring It On Down" promoter, Robin Gibb from The Barry Gibb Talk Show
and his Emmy-nominated Digital Shorts like "Dick in a Box" and "Motherlover."
This is Timberlake's first appearance since Robin Gibb passed away in May, so it will be curious to see whether or not he will pay homage to the singer (and if Fallon will make a cameo since Timberlake will be on his show for an entire week). It will also be interesting if Andy Samberg comes back to make another song with Timberlake now that he's left the show. Timberlake hosting SNL
without a crude song about sex would be like Christmas without any boxes full of genitals.
Before Timberlake shows up, Kevin Hart will host Saturday Night Live
on March 2 with musical guest Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
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