Kate McKinnon Joins Ariana DeBose For ‘West Side Story’ Themed Opening Monologue On ‘SNL’

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January 16, 2022 1:03AM EST

Ariana DeBose spiced things up for her first-ever ‘SNL’ hosting gig! The histrion had an assistance from formed subordinate Kate McKinnon for the eventual ‘West Side Story’ medley.

Ariana DeBose, 30, hosted the first 2022 episode of Saturday Night Live. The West Side Story actress paid tribute to the movie she conscionable starred successful with immoderate assistance from the 1 and lone Kate McKinnon, who revealed she’s a monolithic instrumentality of the philharmonic (but someway didn’t spot the movie). “I’ve loved it since I was successful simple school,” Kate said, giving COVID-19 arsenic her excuse for not watching Ariana’s mentation of the film. “I don’t permission the location due to the fact that of COVID, and besides due to the fact that I don’t permission the house,” she quipped.

Ariana DeBose’s Monologue! pic.twitter.com/HVbv6lxtdo

— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) January 16, 2022

Regardless, Kate proved her die-hard presumption arsenic the 2 ladies belted retired immoderate of the astir celebrated songs from the philharmonic turned film, including “I Feel Pretty,” “Tonight,” “America” and “Something’s Coming.” After Ariana described Kate’s show arsenic “pretty good,” the comedian revealed she had, indeed, been connected Broadway — lone to clarify she had visited “the street” itself.

Shortly aft the quality was announced connected Jan. 9, Ariana took to Instagram to stock the vocation item with her 238,000 followers. “I’m hosting @nbcsnl,” she wrote with a caput exploding emoji, adding the caption onto the iconic post-it enactment that announces the amusement each week on SNL‘s societal media page. “Hold delight portion I spell cod my extremities, arsenic I person exploded from excitement and sensible fear,” Ariana besides said connected the post, which got implicit 40,000 likes.

Several celebrated fans and pals and jumped into the comments conception with love, including SNL cast subordinate Cecily Strong. “WE LOVE TO SEE IT!!!” Cecily commented. Eva Longoria, Joshua Henry, Gabrielle Union, and galore others besides chimed in. “Omg!!!!’ Eva, who hosted backmost successful 2005, gushed with clapping emojis. “Wait- whaaaat?! Go Ariana GO!” Joshua wrote, portion Gab simply added bosom and occurrence emojis arsenic a motion of support.

Ariana earned immoderate superior accolades aft appearing arsenic Anita successful the Steven Spielberg instrumentality on West Side Story, which was conceived by Jerome Robbins with euphony by Leonard Bernstein successful 1957. Rita Moreno, present 90, appeared successful the 2021 mentation alongside Ariana arsenic Valentina (however, she was Anita — the aforesaid quality Ariana plays — successful the archetypal 1961 film).

This week’s occurrence — overmuch similar the last 1 of 2021 — wasn’t without plentifulness of past infinitesimal change, however: rapper Roddy Ricch was initially acceptable to marque his Studio 8H debut until helium was pulled owed to being exposed to COVID-19. Jack Antonoff‘s set Bleachers was booked to play past infinitesimal connected Jan. 12 instead, filming promos with Ariana soon after. “the hardest effort to day of taking the sadness retired of saturday night… bleachers are the archetypal philharmonic impermanent of 2022,” the set wrote via societal media.