A handful of names have been announced for the guest hosts of the next season of Saturday Night Live. As it stands, the 48th season of the sketch comedy series is set to debut in October. Ahead of the season premiere, it has now been announced by NBC that three first-time hosts will be kicking off the new episodes, starting with Top Gun: Maverick star Miles Teller on Oct. 1. He will be joined by musical guest Kendrick Lamar, though it’s Lamar’s third time appearing on the program.
The second episode of season 48 will feature Brendan Gleeson also making his debut as SNL host. The actor, whose more recent work includes The Comey Rule and The Banshees of Inisherin following his Emmy-winning performance in Into the Storm, will be hosting SNL on Oct. 8. Willow will be on that episode as the musical guest in promotion of her new album,
Meanwhile, Megan Thee Stallion is announced as the third host of the new season of SNL hot off of her appearance in the Marvel series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. On Oct. 15, she makes her SNL hosting debut as Teller and Gleeson will do before her. As a Grammy winner, Megan will also pull double duty by serving as that night’s musical guest. This marks her second time appearing as a musical guest, as she previously appeared as the musical guest on a Chris Rock-hosted episode in 2020.
Saturday Night Love Lost Many Major Players
We will see some new hosts in this upcoming season of Saturday Night Live, but there will be many familiar faces from past seasons that fans should not expect to appear in the new episodes. A slew of major cast members have previously announced that they will not be returning for season 48. Just ahead of the show’s return, Chris Redd became the latest cast member added to that list, announcing his exit after a five-season run.
“Being a part of SNL has been the experience of a lifetime,” Redd said in a statement, per THR. “Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing that this was an amazing opportunity for growth. Now, with friends who have become family and memories I will cherish forever, I’m grateful to Lorne Michaels and to the entire SNL organization. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you all enough.”
It had previously been reported that the show also would be saying goodbye to Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Moody, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villasenor, and Aristotle Athari. Unless there are any other announcements made before Oct. 1 when SNL returns with the premiere episode of season 48, all of the other cast members are expected to return, such as other major players like Michael Che, Colin Jost, Heidi Gardner, Cecily Strong, and Kenan Thompson.