Adam Driver to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 44 Premiere

“BlacKkKlansman” actor and Stern Show veteran will be joined by musical guest Kanye West

Taran Killam and Adam Driver on stage during Season 41 of “Saturday Night Live”Photo: Getty Images

Adam Driver is returning to Studio 8H.

The “Star Wars” villain, Stern Show veteran, and recent “BlacKkKlansman” star will host the Season 44 premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” the show announced Monday on Twitter. He’ll be joined on the Sept. 29 broadcast by musical guest Kanye West.

Adam will have now hosted NBC’s long-running sketch-comedy show twice since visiting the Stern Show in 2015. During that interview he told Howard about portraying Kylo Ren in a galaxy far, far away, screening “The Force Awakens” with his now-deceased co-star Carrie Fisher, and the military career he very nearly pursued. Kanye, meanwhile, returns to “SNL” for the seventh time since his 2005 debut on the late-night series.

The hosting news was released just a few hours ahead of NBC’s broadcast of the 2018 Emmys, hosted by “SNL” co-head writers and “Weekend Update” anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost. The show and its stars are nominated for 21 awards at Monday's 70th Emmys, including Stern Show regular Alec Baldwin who's up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

“Saturday Night Live” returns to NBC for Season 44 at 11:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 29.

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