James Franco, Kevin Hart to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ in December

Stern Show veterans will be joined by musical guests SZA and the Foo Fighters

November 27, 2017
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“Saturday Night Live” plans to end 2017 with a few familiar faces.

On Monday, NBC’s long-running late-night comedy series revealed past hosts James Franco and Kevin Hart will return in December to headline “SNL’s” final episodes of the year. The A-list entertainers and Stern Show veterans will be joined by musical guests SZA and Foo Fighters, respectively.

Franco will emcee the Dec. 9 episode ahead of the release of “The Disaster Artist,” an indie dramedy about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic low budget film “The Room” costarring James, his brother Dave Franco, and Seth Rogen. James will be joined by R&B singer SZA, who makes her “SNL” debut following the release of her debut album “Ctrl.” In October, Adam Levine told Howard about duetting with SZA on their new track “What Lovers Do.”

When Seth Rogen visited the Stern Show in June, he told Howard all about Franco’s method acting-inspired approach to “The Disaster Artist.” “Franco directed … the whole movie in character, as Tommy Wiseau, wearing prosthetic makeup,” he said, adding that Franco even spoke with Wiseau’s Eastern European accent after cameras stopped rolling.

“The first two days of filming, I could not even talk to him,” Seth continued. “Every time he’d talk to me, I would like, break into hysterics.” Listen (below).

Hart, meanwhile, will host “SNL” for the third time on Dec. 16, a few days before the release of his next film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” co-starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black. Hart, who joined the Stern Show earlier this year, will share the stage with musical guests the Foo Fighters, following the release of the rock band’s latest studio effort, “Concrete and Gold.”

As previously reported, “Brooklyn” and “Lady Bird” star Saoirse Ronan will host December’s first episode this Saturday. She’ll be joined by musical guests U2, whose next album “Songs of Experience” drops Friday.

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