After recovering from COVID-19, veteran actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are doing great. The actor hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live: Home Edition. Quarantined at home, the actor started his monologue with how weird it was to host SNL from home and opened up with Tiger King reference. “Hey all you cool cats and kittens,” he said. “It’s me, your old pal. Don’t be afraid, this shaved head was just for a movie. My hair is growing back very slowly.”
“Hey, it’s good to be here, though it is also very weird to be here hosting Saturday Night Live from home,” Tom said. “It is a strange time to try to be funny, but trying to be funny is SNL’s whole thing, so we thought, what the heck, let’s give it a shot!”
“But, why me as host?” Tom asked. “Well, for one, I have been the celebrity canary in the coal mine for the coronavirus and ever since being diagnosed I have been more like America’s dad than ever before… since no one wants to be around me very long and I make people uncomfortable.”
“Now I was diagnosed back in March with the coronavirus. I was first diagnosed down in Australia. Now the folks in Australia are fantastic in every way but they use Celsius instead of Fahrenheit when they take your temperature,” he further said. “So, when they come in and they say, ‘You’re 36,’ which seemed very bad to me. But turns out 36 is fine, turns out 38 is bad. So basically it’s how Hollywood treats female actors.”
“But now my wife and I are doing fine, doing great. We’re hunkered down, like all of us should be. In fact, this suit, this is the first time I’ve worn anything other than sweatpants since March 11. My wife had to help me put it on,” he updated about his and his wife’s health.
“Now this Saturday Night Live is going to be a little different. For one thing, it has been filmed entirely by the SNL cast who are currently quarantined in their homes. Also, there’s no such things as Saturdays anymore. Now is it going to look a little different than what you’re used to? Yes. Will it be weird to see sketches without big sets and costumes? Sure. But will it make you laugh? Eh, it’s SNL. There’ll be some good stuff, maybe one or two stinkers, you know the drill,” Hanks added. “But let’s go. Stay safe, we are in this for the duration and we are in this together. And we will get through this together.”
Tom Hanks thanked all the first responders and medical professionals who have been tirelessly working to help those whose lives have been impacted due to Coronavirus.
Ladies and gentlemen, Tom Hanks! #SNLAtHome pic.twitter.com/jCmEnBjSzq
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) April 12, 2020