Live from New York, it’s Saturday night! Season 48 of Saturday Night Live is set to premiere on Oct. 1, and showrunner Lorne Michaels has yet to disappoint with his choice of show hosts and musical guests. To kick off this season, rapper Megan Thee Stallion, 27, and Top Gun: Maverick actor Miles Teller, 35, are set to host along with Mr. Mercedes star Brendan Gleeson, 67. Season 48 is sure to start with an amazing trio of episodes with these three first-time hosts!
This season of SNL comes after a handful of cast members announced their departures from the show. Cast members Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor, and featured player Aristotle Athari exited after Season 47, along with Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney ,and Pete Davidson. Chris Redd, 37, also confirmed to PEOPLE that he was saying goodbye to the show on Sept. 20.
Learn more about Season 48’s first shows below.
Miles Teller Is Hosting The Season Premiere Of ‘SNL’
Saturday Night Live welcomes Miles for the first time to the show! The 35-year-old is just coming off working on the hit movie Top Gun: Maverick along with Tom Cruise! Miles is also no stranger to the world of comedy since he worked with the hilarious actor Jonah Hill on the movie War Dogs in 2016. Some of his other projects include Whiplash, Spiderhead, Project X, and more.
— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) September 20, 2022
Miles took to Twitter to announce the hosting news on Sept. 20, which you can see above. He captioned the tweet with only a pair of side-eye emoji and revealed the musical guest joining him that evening. The Twitter account for the show also announced the trio of hosts that same day. SNL’s tweet read, “see you next week!”, and included their iconic Post-it Note imagery.
After Miles made his Twitter announcement, Megan Thee Stallion revealed she’d be hosting the Oct. 15 show. She wrote, “OCT 15 THEE HOT GIRL COACH IS HOSTING AND PERFORMING ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE TUNE IN ALL HOTTIES.” Brendan will host on Oct. 8, and will also be making his debut on the sketch show. The iconic TV show has yet to reveal the promotion of Season 48 that features the upcoming hosts.
The Musical Guest For Premiere Episode Is Kendrick Lamar
The Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, 35, is also set to to return to SNL on Oct. 1, his first time back on the show’s stage since 2018. Kendrick released his latest album, Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, on May 13 and is currently on tour. Although the musician has yet to make a social media announcement about his SNL performance, it is sure to be a memorable one!
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— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) September 20, 2022
In 2018, Kendrick performed with Anderson .Paak, 36, for Anderson’s debut on the show. The power duo performed the song “Tints”, one of Anderson’s songs with Kendrick from his album, Oxnard. Kendrick also performed on SNL in Nov. 2014, Feb. 2014, and Jan. 2013, according to Pitchfork.
What Time Is ‘SNL’ On?
Saturday Night Live airs at 11:35 p.m. PST/EST and 9:30 p.m. MT on local NBC affiliates. The series can also be streamed live on the Peacock app.
‘SNL’ Cast Members This Season
Saturday Night Live has a number of new cast members joining the show this season, including Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker.
Michael Che and Colin Jost remain in their roles as “Weekend Update” hosts, which they took over in 2014 from Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong. Other returning cast members include Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Bowen Yang, and Heidi Gardner. Rounding out the returning list is Sarah Sherman, Ego Nwodim, Chloe Fineman, Mikey Day, and Punkie Johnson.
As mentioned above, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor, featured player Aristotle Athari, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Pete Davidson, and Chris Redd departed the show ahead of Season 48. Many of these cast members announced their exit in May with some not revealing the news until Sept. 1.
Chris announced the news of his exit from SNL on Sept. 20 with a statement to PEOPLE. “Being a part of SNL has been the experience of a lifetime. Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing that this was an amazing opportunity for growth,” Chris said. “Now, with friends who have become family and memories I will cherish forever, I’m grateful to Cassie Gill Lorne Michaels and to the entire SNL organization. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you all enough.”