Saturday Night Live has returned after a month-long break and with it, an incredibly surprising guest host. Shortly after NBC's sketch comedy show debuted an entirely new intro for the occasion, Tom Hanks popped up to reveal he'd be tapped as the guest host for the episode. As Hanks points out in his opening monologue, he agreed to do it because he's one of the most prominent celebrities that have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
After an episode in March that featured No Time to Die's Daniel Craig and The Weeknd, SNL went a scheduled hiatus. During the hiatus, virtually all late-night productions shut down to adhere to social distancing standards handed down by the federal government. Tonight's episode was pre-recorded entirely remote with cast members writing and filming everything on their own within the confines of their own homes.
See what fans are saying about the surprise guest host below:
Tom Hanks saying “all you cool cats and kittens” was all I needed from this show thank you #SNLAtHome— Rachel Witkin (@rachel_witkin) April 12, 2020
It's an Unprecedented Time We're In
Watching Tom Hanks hosting Saturday Night Live from his kitchen. These are surreal times. pic.twitter.com/OGiKB4ztNI— george arthur (@cdtraderguy) April 12, 2020