Tim McGraw to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’
Live from New York, it's Tim McGraw! The country superstar, actor and author is adding yet another role on his ever-growing resume: 'Saturday Night Live' host. The first country artist to serve as host this millennium, he joins an elite list that includes Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton as the few country artists in the history of the show asked to host.
"I'm looking forward to hosting the show," said McGraw. "I'm not exactly known for my comedy, but then again if you've been to one of my shows you might feel differently!"
McGraw's November 22 'SNL' show coincides with the release the following week of his new movie, 'Four Christmases.' McGraw says he hopes the comedic chops of his all-star cast in the movie rubbed off on him.
"Hopefully hanging around Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon and Jon Favreau is good training," he says.
McGraw has been campaigning for a spot on 'SNL' for a long time. His agent, Rod Essig, tells Nashville's Tennessean newspaper that he called the producers of the show every week for five years. When Essig finally got the go-ahead, he delivered the news to McGraw himself, who couldn't believe it.
"No way, that's not true," McGraw responded. But once he was convinced, the country star wasted no time in giving Essig another goal to shoot for: "I want the halftime show at the Super Bowl one year, too."
Tim McGraw hosts 'Saturday Night Live' on November 22, 11:30 PM ET on NBC.