Fans of viral Twitter account @CraigWeekend will be delighted to hear that after almost a year and a half, Daniel Craig is finally in on the joke.
It all started with Craig’s appearance on a March 2020 episode of the NBC late-night comedy show. As host, one of Craig’s duties was to introduce musical guest The Weeknd. Not long after the episode aired, the four-second clip of Craig announcing “Ladies and gentlemen, The Weeknd” with a world-weary shrug started making its rounds on the internet.
Since July 2020, @CraigWeekend has posted the meme every Friday to its nearly 476,000 followers to ring in the weekend.
Yet the English actor, whose final James Bond film premiered Tuesday, remained unaware that he was a viral sensation until New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff brought it up in an interview. “I don’t know what that is, but thank you,” said Craig, who does not use social media. “That’s lovely.”
However, the account is old news to The Weeknd. In May 2021, the “Blinding Lights” musician playfully tweeted, “ladies and gentleman, the …” in a nod to the meme.
With “No Time To Die” opening in theaters Oct. 8, it’s not a stretch to imagine that Craig may be back to host “SNL” in the near future. The sketch show is gearing up for its 47th season on Oct. 2. Fans of “the weekend” can only hope that when he does, he’ll give them what they want.