Adam Sandler returning to SNL to host for the first time
Get the guitar ready, because Adam Sandler is returning to Studio 8H.
The Saturday Night Live legend has been announced as the host of the May 4th episode, marking his first-time ever hosting. He will be joined by musical guest Shawn Mendes.
“We are happy to welcome Adam back to ‘SNL’ in what is sure to be a special night,” said executive producer Lorne Michaels in a statement.
Sandler’s SNL return is a surprise considering he has long said he wouldn’t host, telling fellow SNL vet Norm Macdonald, “Why should I? There are guys who love doing it, who are great at doing it. I just don’t know how good I’d be doing it. I did what I could do on that show.”
There’s also the matter of Sandler being fired from the show back in 1995 after five-plus years. However, he has made cameo appearances in the past and performed an SNL short with Andy Samberg for the 40th Anniversary Special back in 2015.
Kit Harington serves as the host of this weekend’s episode, which airs Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.