Steve Carell to Return as ‘SNL’ Host for the Third Time

Ella Mai will make her “Saturday Night Live” debut as the musical guest

Last Updated: November 7, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

Steve Carell will host “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 17, which will be his third time hosting NBC’s sketch comedy series.

He will be joined by R&B singer-songwriter Ella Mai, who will be making her debut at Studio 8H.

Carell currently stars in the drama “Beautiful Boy” and will next appear in the upcoming Robert Zemeckis film, “Welcome to Marwen,” which hits theaters on Dec. 21. Carell will also portray Donald Rumsfeld opposite Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice” on Christmas Day.

Most NBC fans would, of course, remember Carell for his starring role as Michael Scott on the sitcom, “The Office.” Carell last hosted the show’s season 33 finale in 2008. He first hosted in 2005.

Mai’s self-titled debut album reached No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums and No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums upon release last month.

This week’s shot will be hosted by “Ray Donovan” star Liev Schreiber with musical guest Lil Wayne.

The 44th season of “SNL” has already multiple political waves. The premiere episode featured a special guest appearance by Matt Damon, playing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and musical guest Kanye West wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat on stage and giving a pro-Donald Trump speech that didn’t air.

Cast member Pete Davidson addressed West’s pro-Trump speech during the “Weekend Update” portion of the Oct. 6 episode the following week.

During a “Weekend Update” routine on last week’s episode, Davidson was criticized after he appeared to mock Dan Crenshaw, who easily won his Texas congressional race on Tuesday. Davidson said of the then-candidate, a Navy SEAL who lost his right eye in Afghanistan when he was hit by an IED blast: “This guy is kinda cool, Dan Crenshaw. You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie. I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”