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Saturday Night Live: Miley Cyrus hosts, EW live blogs

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When Miley Cyrus hosted the MTV Video Music Awards, she made numerous references to her love of weed and wore plenty of wacky outfits. History will likely repeat itself on Saturday night, when Cyrus kicks off Saturday Night Live‘s 41st season by hosting and performing as the episode’s musical guest.

And this isn’t Cyrus’ first time hosting: The singer, who surprise-dropped an album titled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz at the conclusion of her VMAs stint and will be touring with the Flaming Lips later this year, first hosted in March 2011 and then again in October 2013. As both a musician and an actress — for those who don’t remember, she played the title role on Disney’s Hannah Montana and has headlined movies including 2010’s The Last Song and 2012’s LOL — Cyrus is especially equipped to pull double-duty, and has proved her ability as a funny and fun host in her past gigs (just look at her “We Can’t Stop” parody below for proof). 

She’s also not all kooky theatrics. Cyrus made another return to SNL this past February for the show’s 40th anniversary special to perform a cover of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” and ditched her now-typical psychedelic imagery in favor of a straightfoward, impressive performance that reminded everyone that, oh, yeah, Miley Cyrus is way more than just a marijuana-worshipping personality who likes to stick her tongue out on red carpets.  

Elsewhere on the show: SNL’s newest featured player, Jon Rudnitsky, will make his debut in the season premiere. Cast-wise, that’s the only major change — the rest of the cast from season 40 are still there, but four writers (including former player Mike O’Brien) left over the break between seasons. As a result, the show hired former UCB performers Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, and Will Stephen, former Late Show with David Letterman contributors Paul Masella and Chris Belair, and comedian Dave Sirus as writers. 

See our live blog from the night below, and read the full recap here.