“Saturday Night Live” kicked off 2023 with a bang when Aubrey Plaza made her hosting debut on Jan. 23, and the show continued this week with another healthy dose of star power. Michael B. Jordan arrived at Studio 8H to tape this week’s episode, marking the first time the “Creed III” director and star has hosted the long-running sketch show.
Jordan’s monologue kept things short and sweet, with the actor reflecting on his 20 years in show business that led him to this point. The actor said that working at 30 Rockefeller Center reminded him of his time as a teenage soap opera star.
“I had a full circle moment yesterday. We pre-shot some videos for the show and when I got to the studio I realized it was the exact same place where I filmed one of my first acting roles on the soap opera All My Children. I was 16,” Jordan said. He then played a charmingly pale clip of him on the show, pretending to howl at the moon while flirting with a girl. The video prompted Jordan to whisper that “Hit was screaming in mid-puberty.”
Inevitably, the conversation turned to Jordan’s recent public breakup with Lori Harvey and the viral photo of him looking sad at an NBA game. Jordan explained that a photographer simply caught her in an unflattering moment and she wasn’t nearly as sad as the memes made her out to be. Still, he expressed relief that a Google search for “sad Michael Jordan” primarily brings up memes of the basketball legend with whom he shares his name.
After Jordan revealed that she was single again, the female cast of the show all tried to shoot with the Sexiest Man Alive 2020. Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim (who wore a wedding dress for the occasion) and Punkie Johnson all flirted comically with Jordan. The actor was particularly surprised to see Johnson hit him and asked, “Punkie, aren’t you gay?”
“I am, but you’re Michael B. Jordan,” Johnson said. “Even vegans have cheat days.”
Watch Jordan’s “Saturday Night Live” monologue below.
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