Chris Rock will return to host “Saturday Night Live” along with musical guest Prince, the show confirmed Tuesday.
The duo will headline the Nov. 1 episode of the late night sketch comedy show’s 40th season, which was kicked off by a Chris Pratt-hosted premiere.
This season has seen Sarah Silverman taking hosting duties with Maroon 5 performing, followed by Bill Hader hosting and Irish blues musician Hozier performing.
Hader’s “SNL” did not fair well on the Nielsen sheets, tying a May 2014 (Charlize Theron) episode as the sketch comedy show’s all-time low. Both shows averaged a 3.8 rating in metered-market households and a 1.8 in adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
The show has undergone a major makeover this season, with writer Michael Che joining Colin Jost and taking over the Weekend Update desk from Cecily Strong, and new featured player Pete Davidson winning early accolades for his performances.
Rock, a former cast member from the 1990-’93 seasons, is hosting the show to support his film “Top Five,” which debuted to raves at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released on Dec 5. He previously hosted the show in 1996.
“Saturday Night Live” is produced in association with Broadway Video. Lorne Michaels is creator and executive producer.