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The singer and actor is set to make his hosting debut for the Oct. 21 episode and will also serve as musical guest. Bad Bunny was previously the musical guest for a season 46 episode that aired in February 2021 and featured host Regé-Jean Page.
In the video released Wednesday, castmember James Austin Johnson introduces the host in a WWE-style segment. When Johnson addresses the performer by his first name, Benito, and asks whether he has any nerves heading into the gig, Bad Bunny replies, “Hell, no. I love being silly.”
Suddenly, a more assertive version of the star enters from the back of the studio while holding a championship belt with the letters “SNL” on it and antagonizes his more mild-mannered counterpart. “Well, I’ve got a weekend update for you, amigo: You suck,” the new Bad Bunny says. “You put the ‘L’ in SNL.”
Bad Bunny is a longtime fan of professional wrestling and has competed in several WWE events. He released his fifth solo studio album last week, entitled Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana, and has had acting roles in the recent film Cassandro and last year’s action title Bullet Train.
After going dark amid the writers strike, SNL kicked off season 49 on Saturday with host Pete Davidson and musical guest Ice Spice, along with guest appearances from Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift. For the cold open, Davidson delivered a somber message addressing the Israel-Hamas war and emphasized the value of comedy amid times of tragedy.
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