Our sister site TV Line recently exposed the fact that television stars are rarely asked to host “Saturday Night Live.” If you had your say, dear readers, which actors and actresses from the small screen would YOU most like to see host “SNL” for the first time in 2017? Vote in our poll below, where we’ve narrowed down the current crop of TV stars down to 12, and then sound off in the comments section with your own suggestions.
Aziz Ansari — It’s a shame Ansari never got asked to host “SNL” while he was starring on NBC hit “Parks and Recreation,” but now that he’s created his own successful Netflix comedy “Masters of Sex,” he’s an even bigger draw.
Rachel Bloom — She can sing, she can dance, and she even once auditioned for “SNL.” It’s a match made in heaven for this Critics’ Choice- and Golden Globe-winning actress, who currently writes, produces and headlines CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
Millie Bobby Brown — Yes, we know it’s rare for children to host “Saturday Night Live,” but it’s not entirely out of the question as Fred Savage infamously hosted at the age of 13. Brown (who’s only 12) is a recent SAG nominee for “Stranger Things” and is arguably the most unexpected breakout star of 2016.
Sterling K. Brown — Emmy winner? Check. Critics’ Choice winner? Check. Golden Globe nominee? Check. SAG nominee? Check and check. From his gut-wrenching turn on “The People v. O.J. Simpson” to his family-man persona on “This Is Us,” what more does Brown have to do to get the call to host “SNL”?
Kit Harington — When Peter Dinklage hosted “Saturday Night Live” last season, we assumed it would be the start of many more “Game of Thrones” performers getting their chance to shine. Unfortunately, no other “GoT” stars have yet hosted, not even Emmy nominee and fan-favorite Harington.
Sam Heughan — The Scottish “Outlander” heartthrob has millions of adoring fans worldwide, and his popularity alone would no doubt bring “Saturday Night Live” boffo ratings. If he hosts, we’re sure that Caitriona Balfe would even pop up in a sketch or two. “Outlander” fans, start the petition right now.
Ellie Kemper — TV’s newest funny girl reminds us more and more of a young Mary Tyler Moore on every episode of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Since her Netflix show is produced by Universal Television, that makes her a no-brainer to host “SNL” as it’s within the NBC family. And her boss is “SNL” vet Tina Fey!
Rami Malek — He’s an international favorite who headlines the very popular, and very current, “Mr. Robot.” “Saturday Night Live” has already parodied the show to great success, so we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before they invite Malek to host.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan — From “Supernatural” to “Grey’s Anatomy” to “The Good Wife,” Morgan has had a huge impact on some of TV’s greatest shows. But 2016 saw him catapulted into super-stardom as devilish villain Negan on “The Walking Dead.” We hope he brings Lucille with him to Studio 8H.
Sarah Paulson — She’s the very definition of a versatile actress as season after season she plays new a character on FX’s “American Horror Story.” This year Paulson even won an Emmy Award for portraying Marcia Clarke on “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” so the timing couldn’t be better.
Jodie Sweetin — The “Fuller House” star is having one of the greatest comebacks of the year thanks to her record-shattering Netflix revival and the fact that she’s one of the most-Googled actresses of 2016. If “SNL” wants to improve their ratings, Sweetin is their girl.
George Takei — Oh my! Last year thousands of fans signed a petition hoping to get the “Star Trek” alum to host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, but since it hasn’t yet come to fruition, we’re putting his name down yet again as a friendly reminder to Lorne Michaels and co.
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