Over the course of three hosting gigs at “Saturday Night Live,” Justin Timberlake has established himself as one of the best hosts of the show in recent history. He displays a willingness to go to any length for a laugh, and he’s appeared in more memorable sketches and and digital shorts than any other host in the Internet era. But would he ever actually join the cast? He says he would:
Let’s get the necessary caveats out of the way: “Extra” usually only talks to celebrities as they’re walking down a red carpet to something more important (in this case, probably a Yogi Bear premiere), so he probably just said whatever would get the microphone out of his face the fastest. Also, this news is being reported by a website that doesn’t know how to use quotation marks. So yeah, ponder this with a boulder of salt.
That said, it’s certainly an intriguing idea. Would his presence overshadow hosts with lesser star power? Would the novelty of his talent wear off if we saw him every week? Would his recurring sketches get driven into the ground? Should I get this boil lanced? I don’t know, but I think it’s important that we argue about it until Timberlake and Lorne Michaels issue statements later today that dismiss the idea.