The drag superstar will front the February 8 episode of the show with Justin Bieber as the musical guest.
Saturday Night Live will be graced by a very special host next month as the majestic RuPaul makes his SNL hosting debut in February. The Emmy-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race icon, recording artist, actor, and drag superstar will front the February 8 episode of the show with Justin Bieber as the musical guest. NBC announced the exciting news via Twitter on Tuesday, sending netizens into a feverish frenzy. NFL star J.J. Watt will also be making his Saturday Night Live hosting debut next month as he fronts the February 1 episode along with country artist Luke Combs.
RuPaul's Drag Race celebrated the news on Twitter, tweeting, "Start your engines... and live from New York, it's Saturday Night!!! Can't wait Mama!!!" According to Entertainment Weekly, although this is 59-year-old's debut SNL hosting slot, he previously made an appearance during a sketch in 1993 episode hosted by Charles Barkley. RuPaul fans celebrated the news online with Twitter user @kckokomo tweeting, Ok, I may watch #snl for the first time in a long time because @RuPaul will be on! Ru will bring some class, entertainment & comedy back to SNL.
JUSTIN BIEBER AND RUPAUL ON SNL THE SAME DAY I NEED RUPAUL TO PUT HIM IN FULL DRAG AND GIVE US DRAGSTIN BIEBER— chloe (@biebersdepths) January 21, 2020
when justin does a surprise skit on snl where rupaul teaches him how to be a drag queen and destroys toxic masculinity >> pic.twitter.com/YCODJkzqXr— cass 107 | 166 (@cherryrauhls) January 21, 2020
So you're saying that I get to watch RuPaul host SNL on a Saturday and then I get to watch the Oscars the very next day... pic.twitter.com/gQsN3GYgah— Michael Yerxa (@mikeyerxa) January 21, 2020
Meanwhile, according to PEOPLE, the episode is set to be a pretty monumental one for the 25-year-old Bieber as well. The singer will reportedly be marking his third time on SNL as the musical guest with a performance of his newest single 'Yummy.' The track debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was streamed over 100 million times in its debut week. Bieber's first solo single in four years has definitely been lucky for the singer as he also made the country charts for the first time with his Dan + Shay collaboration, '10,000 Hours.'
Bieber also has a 10-part YouTube docu-series coming out on January 27, giving fans a glimpse of his recently revealed battle with Lyme disease. The singer addressed the illness on Instagram earlier this month, writing, "While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like sh*t, on meth, etc. they failed to realize I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health. These things will be explained further in a docu-series I'm putting on YouTube shortly."
"You can learn all that I've been battling and OVERCOMING!! It's been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever," Bieber added. Much like the 'What Do You Mean?' singer, RuPaul has been riding a wave of career highs lately, with Netflix’s 10-episode dramedy AJ and the Queen premiering on the platform on January 10. "You never know where that next big idea is coming from. You have to be willing to look for it and leave space and room in your consciousness for it to have a seat," the celeb told Entertainment Weekly earlier this month.
RuPaul’s SNL debut will air on NBC on February 8 at 11:30 p.m. ET.