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Bill Hader discusses 'SNL' newbie Pete Davidson, his own hosting debut

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Over the weekend, all SNL-conscious beings were alerted to the presence of Pete Davidson, who made a big first impression during his first night on the show. And while we already know a fair amount about the 20-year-old Staten Island native, this morning Bill Hader—the alum who’ll be returning as host Oct. 11—told us a little bit more about Davidson’s SNL origin story.

“Pete Davidson—he’s in the movie Trainwreck,” Hader said, referring to the upcoming Judd Apatow-directed, Amy Schumer-starring comedy. “He has a small part in it. I told Lorne Michaels about him, said he was really funny. And then they auditioned him for a piece, and Lorne called me to say Pete got the show. I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s wonderful!'”

Michaels went on to drop even more news on Hader. “And then he said, ‘Uh, also, do you want to host?’ It was a total afterthought,” Hader says with a laugh. “The phone call was about Pete, that’s what we were talking about. And then he goes, ‘By the way, do you want to host October 11th?’ I was like wha-wha-wha? I was just in my car!”

Speaking of the Chris Pratt-hosted SNL premiere, Hader said he was very impressed by what he saw—especially a certain sketch. “That video that Kyle Mooney had made with Beck [Bennett]? Oh my God, that video made me laugh so hard! God damn it, that was funny. Things like that, when you watch it, you just know, ‘Oh, yeah, I want to hang with these guys.'”

Hader will get his wish October 11th, when he returns to his old stomping grounds. Moral of the story? Always pick up the phone when Lorne Michaels is calling.