It was the F-bomb heard round the world. When Sam Rockwell uttered the dreaded four-letter word during a “Saturday Night Live” sketch about a PBS kids show, he may have earned an FCC fine but he also earned his place in America’s heart. Rockwell has just been voted fans’ favorite “SNL” host so far of 2018, according to the results of our recent poll. It was a narrow victory, with 31% of our poll respondents voting for Rockwell over Will Ferrell (28%), Natalie Portman (27%) and Jessica Chastain (14%).
Rockwell hosted the January 13 episode with musical guest Halsey. During his monologue the movie star poked fun at his newfound leading man status by channeling Elvis Presley and singing and dancing around Studio 8H to “A Little Less Conversation.” Rockwell is having a great 2018. For his role as a racist police officer in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” he scored an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor and won trophies at the the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards.
Former cast member Ferrell returned as host for the fourth time on January 27 following stints in 2005, 2009 and 2012. Fans were ecstatic to see him bring back his bumbling impression of George W. Bush. This performance even won our poll as the greatest “SNL” president ever.
Portman returned as host on February 3 for the first time since 2006. Over the past 12 years Portman has gone on to win an Oscar and have two children, but “Saturday Night Live” fans were happy to see that she didn’t lose her talent for rapping about sex, violence and drugs.
And during her January 20 outing, Chastain joked that she’s always wanted to host “SNL” but couldn’t due to her busy schedule of playing “strong, powerful” women in film. In honor of the second annual Women’s March, Chastain sang a cover of Lesley Gore‘s “You Don’t Own Me.”