Chris Evans Avoided ‘SNL’ Host For Years: ‘I’d Regret’

“I’m not a funny person,” Evans said. “It would just be everyday anxiety, constant regret.”

Chris Evans knows he would “instantly regret” hosting “Saturday Night Live.”

The “Ghosted” actor revealed why he’s never hosted the live sketch series as his co-star Ana de Armas made her hosting debut on April 15.

“Well, now it’s a cameo I can handle. I’ve avoided SNL like the plague for years just because I’m so scared. It’s terrifying to me,” Evans said ET Canada. “For me, it’s just one of those things where I would wake up in a cold sweat every single night. A cameo sounds good, that’s perfect. In and out, get your toes wet.”

“I’m not a funny person,” he continued. Maybe I only feel this way because I have very, very funny friends who once told me I’m not a funny person. I just know how I would feel… it would just be a daily worry, a constant regret. Why did I do this? I could have felt good in my house, in my bed, without worrying about it.”

Regarding longtime collaborator De Armas, who took the reins in this week’s episode, Evans said, “I tip my hat to him. It will be wonderful. But that would give me many sleepless nights.”

Evans and de Armas have appeared together in Ghosted, Knives Out and The Gray Man. Both stars’ personal lives have served as fodder for the sketch series in the past.

Former SNL cast member Pete Davidson recently opened up about how his high-profile dating life affected his comfort on the show.

“When your own show (makes fun of you), I sit back and watch the cold open and — the cold open (is) current, political humor, whatever is in the culture. Then make fun of you,” Davidson said. “Then you have to go out and do a sketch next time and you hit your mark and the show just made me laugh. So why will they laugh at you? It’s like they just teased me in front of everyone. And you’re like, “I’m a fucking loser, man.”

The “Bupkis” creator continued: “These are the people I’ve been with for almost a decade. I grew up in front of these people. They saw me through the hardest time of my life and were there for me. And no one has ever shown me more range and grace than (SNL creator) Lorne Michaels, and I owe my life to that guy, but it was so confusing because the nature of entertainment is the nature of this business. At the end of the day, it is what it is. This was a very difficult thing. You feel small. You feel super insecure.”

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