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Tina Fey To Host Saturday Night Live Season Premiere

Submitted by on September 10, 2013 – 8:28 amNo Comment

With so many familiar faces leaving Saturday Night Live last season, it makes sense to get an old friend to help along the transition. Tina Fey will return to the show that made her famous to host the season premiere on September 28th.

Fey was hired as a writer for SNL in 1997, and became head writer in 1999. She became a co-anchor of Weekend Update in 2000. Fey left SNL in 2006 to pursue the creation of her show 30 Rock. She has hosted three times before: in 2008, 2010, and 2011.

Fey did appear in sketches during her time on the show, but rarely. Believe it or not, all of her famous Sarah Palin impersonations came after she had been off SNL for years (2008, when Palin was nominated for VP).

The show lost some heavyweights last season in Fred Armisen, Jason Sudekis, and Bill Hader. Current “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers will also depart at some point mid-season to take over the Late Night show from another former “Weekend Update” anchor, Jimmy Fallon.

Though not confirmed, SNL is rumored to have hired four new cast members, all hailing from the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in LA, and all having gained viral web presences: Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, John Milhiser, and Noel Wells. SNL writer Michael Patrick O’Brien has also reportedly been made a featured player. If true, these five will represent the most new SNL cast members in a single season since 1995.

A mix of fresh talent and one of the best veteran comedians ever to come out of the show? I’m pretty excited. What do you think?

[via Vulture]

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