‘Saturday Night Live’ for December: Billie Eilish, Paul Rudd, Charli XCX as ‘SNL’ hosts and musical guests

NBC revealed its December hosts and musical guests for “Saturday Night Live” on Thursday. Seven-time Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish (“Happier Than Ever”) will be the guest host and musical guest for “SNL” on December 11. Paul Rudd (“Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “The Shrink Next Door”) will join the five-timers club on December 18 with Charli XCX as musical guest for the second time.

The most recent hosts for this month have all been first-timers.The November 6 episode was hosted by Kieran Culkin with Ed Sheeran as musical guest. Jonathan Majors and superstar Taylor Swift were on board for November 13. Rising star Simu Liu hosts alongside Saweetie for this weekend’s episode on November 20.

The first four episodes were also hosted by rookies Owen Wilson, Kim Kardashian West, Rami Malek and Jason Sudeikis (not really a true rookie since he was a cast member 2005-2013, but it still was his first time hosting). Musical guests in October respectively were Kacey Musgraves, Halsey, Young Thug and Brandi  Carlile.

As of September’s ceremonies, “SNL” has now won 92 Emmy Awards, breaking its own record of 84 from 2020. The variety series took seven trophies at the Creative Arts Emmys and one more for Best Variety Sketch Series at the Primetime event. The next closest show in second place is “Game of Thrones” with 59 overall.

Two victories this year were in the comedy guest categories, the second ones for both Dave Chappelle and Maya Rudolph hosting “SNL.” Chappelle was triumphant as Best Comedy Guest Actor. Over the past 12 years, other “SNL” guest actors to win have been Jimmy Fallon, Eddie Murphy and Justin Timberlake (see full list below). Rudolph won for playing Senator Kamala Harris and for hosting as Best Comedy Guest Actress. It was her second straight win, joining Tina Fey, Fey and Amy Poehler, Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy and Betty White.

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