Jacob Elordi may need to approach his Saturday Night Live hosting debut with baby steps.
The NBC sketch show released the first promo Wednesday for this weekend’s episode, which Elordi will lead alongside musical guest Reneé Rapp. The episode marks SNL’s first new season 49 installment since Kate McKinnon hosted with singer Billie Eilish on Dec. 16.
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In the footage, Elordi is seen at the top of the stage in Studio 8H as he attempts to descend the three steps that hosts typically strut down on their way to performing the opening monologue. But castmembers Punkie Johnson and Marcello Hernández notice that Elordi can’t quite wrap his head around the brief walk.
“They all make it look so easy,” Elordi says to himself in a pep talk about tackling the steps. A confused Hernández overhears and asks, “Is he looking at the stairs?”
But the Euphoria actor isn’t giving up just yet and declares, “I’m Jacob, and I’m gonna go down these steps.” Ultimately, he accomplishes the task, but not in the way that he might have been hoping.
Elordi had a busy past year, having starred in Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn and portrayed Elvis Presley in Sofia Coppola’s biographical release Priscilla. He is also known for playing Nate Jacobs on HBO’s Euphoria and for his previous role in Netflix’s Kissing Booth franchise.
During the Dec. 16 holiday-centric episode, Barbie standout McKinnon made her hosting debut after saying goodbye to SNL as a castmember in May 2022. She was joined by fellow alums Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph during her monologue.
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC and streams live on Peacock.
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