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Justin Timberlake Welcomed to "SNL's" Five-Timers Club

Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake got an all-star welcome into the "Five-Timers Club" on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

Not only did members Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Paul Simon, Chevy Chase and Candice Bergen show up to wish him well, but ex-cast member Andy Samberg and Jay-Z also stopped by for the occasion.

The show kicked off with Timberlake as Elton John, performing at the funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  He sang a parody of John's famous song "Candle in the Wind," with lyrics describing all the nutty yet true things Chavez did and said in his lifetime.  In real life, Timberlake had once portrayed a young John in one of the rocker's videos, and has even been mentioned to play him in a movie biography.

Then, Timberlake began his monologue, saying he had been given the coveted "Five-Timers Club" membership card.  Knocking on a secret door, he was ushered into the club -- a paneled library room -- where he met Simon, Martin, Chase, Baldwin, Hanks and Baldwin and was given a "5-Timer" smoking jacket.  Martin Short was the waiter, while original cast member Dan Aykroyd served as the the bartender. 

"Welcome old boy.  I always thought if any 'N SYNC member would make the five-timers club, it would be Joey Fatone," Martin said snootily.

Timberlake and Samberg then reprised their '90s R&B crooner characters from the classic digital short "D**k in a Box" for a sketch called "It's a Date," where they played a duo of bachelors vying for a night out with cast member Vanessa Bayer.  As she asked them questions like "How would you spend a rainy night with me?" they would sing the answers to her in their patented "sexy" style.

Their competition for a date with Bayer included Martin and Aykroyd, reviving their legendary characters from the early days of Saturday Night Live: two Czech brothers whose catchphrase is, "We are two wild and crazy guys!"  At the end of the skit, Bayer chose both Timberlake and Samberg, and Martin and Aykroyd, as her dates.  They all got together and sang about having a "five-way" with her because they're "four wild and crazy guys."

Timberlake was also the evening's musical guest and he performed "Suit & Tie," where he was joined by his partner on the tune, Jay-Z.  His second number was "Mirrors," a track from his new album The 20/20 Experience.

Timberlake's appearance provided SNL with a significant ratings boost.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, early estimates show that the program pulled in its biggest ratings in 14 months.

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Chris Christie and His Fleece Jacket Make Cameo on "SNL"

Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can’t stay out of the spotlight even if it’s to poke fun at his appearance and famous short temper.

Christie dropped by Saturday Night Live for a surprise cameo appearance on the “Weekend Update” segment with Seth Myers in which he feigned impatience with questions and blasted New Jersey residents who ignored his evacuation orders during the height of Hurricane Sandy, calling them “idiots.”

Throughout the storm’s aftermath, Christie and his blue fleece jacket have maintained a ubiquitous presence throughout large areas of the Garden State ravaged by the super storm.

He made a special point of thanking the Red Cross and first responders for their tireless efforts to bring relief to hurricane victims.

As for his fleece jacket, Christie joked that he’s worn it so much over the past three weeks, it’s become part of his body, also taking the time out to apologize to his wife for the way it smells.

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Big Bird Makes "SNL" Appearance After Romney Debate Name-Drop

Theo Wargo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Big Bird made an appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, days after Gov. Mitt Romney mentioned him during the first presidential debate of 2012. 

The famous feathered Muppet appeared on the late night show's Weekend Update segment.

Sesame Street's policy is that Muppets can't answer questions that would be above their ages.  Despite being a TV veteran for 40 years, Big Bird is actually six, so any biting political satire was off the table.  But having the character appear got the message across: it was pretty odd for Romney to specifically name-drop the bird during the political showdown.

Bird mentioned he, "didn't want to ruffle any feathers," but acknowledged he's received a lot of extra attention. 

"It's weird to think that just a few days ago I could just blend in like every other perfectly normal eight-foot-tall talking bird," the muppet said.

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Jason Sudeikis Returning to "SNL" Until January, At Least

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- When Saturday Night Live begins its 38th season this weekend, you can be sure that Jason Sudeikis will play Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a sketch.

Though Sudeikis had wavered a bit regarding whether he will be back on the NBC comedy show, SNL creator Lorne Michaels tells The New York Times, "Jason is in."

However, Sudeikis may not be in it for the long haul.

Michaels says, "Right now the idea is that Jason will go through at least until January."  That would take Sudeikis through the election season and possibly the inauguration.

This will mark Sudeikis' eighth season on SNL.  His signature roles include Romney and Vice President Joe Biden.

Michaels also tells the Times that Jay Pharoah will take on the role of President Obama, replacing Fred Armisen.

SNL lost Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg after last season.

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Seth MacFarlane Set to Host Season Premiere of "Saturday Night Live"

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seth MacFarlane and R&B singer Frank Ocean will be the first celebs on Saturday Night Live this fall as host and musical guest, respectively.

The two will kick off the NBC sketch comedy series' 38th season on Sept. 15.  MacFarlane scored a hit this summer with his first film, Ted.

The following week, The Dark Knight Rises and Premium Rush star Joseph Gordon-Levitt will host SNL, with Mumford & Sons as the musical guest.

Two weeks after that, it's Daniel Craig with musical guest Muse.  Craig's latest James Bond film, Skyfall, opens in November.

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Abby Elliott Latest Member to Leave "SNL"

Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Abby Elliott is the latest cast member to leave Saturday Night Live, the actress confirmed to

Elliott, 25, joined SNL in 2008 and portrayed a variety of famous faces including Zooey Deschanel, Khloe Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Marilyn Monroe and Angelina Jolie. She is the only second generation cast member. Her father, Chris Elliott, was on during the 1994-1995 season.

SNL’s cast has been dwindling lately. Kristin Wiig, who was on the show for seven seasons, left the show in May. Andy Samberg, who was also on the show for seven seasons, confirmed to the New York Times in June that he will not be returning. Both comedians have busy movie careers. Wiig was nominated for an Academy Award last year for her Bridesmaids screenplay, which she also starred in. Samberg has starred in films including That’s My Boy, The Watch and I Love You Man.

SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis may also be leaving the show. The comedian, who portrays presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the show, told the Los Angeles Times he hasn’t decided if he will return next season.

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Emmy-Winning Writer Tom Davis of "Saturday Night Live" Dead at 59

Eileen Bach/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Comic writer Tom Davis -- Al Franken’s writing and sketch partner during the early days of NBC’s Saturday Night Live -- died Thursday in Hudson, N.Y., at the age of 59.  The cause of death was throat and neck cancer, according to his wife, Mimi Raleigh.

The partnership of Tom Davis and Al Franken created some of SNL’s most memorable characters, including the “Coneheads,” and Bill Murray’s “Nick the Lounge Singer.”

In his 2009 memoir, entitled, Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL From Someone Who Was There, Davis says he got the inspiration for the Conehead chracters after he took a trip to Easter Island with Dan Aykroyd and saw the massive stone statues.

Davis and Franken were with Saturday Night Live when it debuted in October 1975, but left in 1980, only to rejoin the show a few years later.  Davis left again in the 1990s but continued contributing material until 2003.

Aykroyd told The New York Times Thursday that Davis made a “massive contribution” to Saturday Night Live.

Davis shared three Emmys for his SNL writing, and received a fourth for a 1977 Paul Simon TV special.

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Will Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis Remain on "SNL"?

C Flanigan/FilmMagic/Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live said goodbye to longtime cast member Kristen Wiig over the weekend.  SNL creator Lorne Michaels isn't sure whether any of Wiig's co-stars, namely Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis, will take a cue from her and also leave the NBC series.

It's been rumored for a while that Samberg and Sudeikis will move on.

When asked by whether the two will remain on SNL, Michaels answered, "You never know," then added, "I think everyone gets through the season and just the level of fatigue by the end is just overwhelming, and it's a very emotional time.  I've had a rule since the second season, which is to not make any decisions in June.  We'll see in July."

Michaels can count on Fred Armisen returning for another season.  Though he's been more busy than usual the past two years due to his work on his IFC comedy Portlandia, Armisen tells he wants to continue with SNL.

He says, "I hope things keep going.  I don't take anything for granted."

Armisen joined SNL in 2002.

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Mitt Romney Offered Guest Spot on "Saturday Night Live"

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has reportedly been offered a guest spot on Saturday Night Live and "is considering it."

The New York Times reports that the show’s writers were impressed by Romney’s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels has reached out to the former governor of Massachusetts to ask him to appear on the satirical comedy show.

SNL has been having fun with Romney’s perceived image as an “eager to please” and “square” candidate and is regularly impersonated by SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis.

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Kristen Wiig Not Sure If She's Leaving "Saturday Night Live"

ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) -- In a new interview with Alec Baldwin on his podcast Here's The Thing, Kristen Wiig does little to dispel the rumors that she's leaving Saturday Night Live at the end of the season.

Wiig confirms her contract expires this year, but she says she doesn't know whether her time on the NBC program is "winding down," as Baldwin puts it. 

She says, "Well, everyone has to leave."

Wiig adds, "I will say that when I do leave it’s not because I’m sick of it and not because I see something better or anything like that.  It’s just that it’s time."

Wiig, who's currently in her seventh year with SNL, broke out on the big screen in 2011 with her hit comedy Bridesmaids, which she co-wrote.

Last week, Us Weekly reported that Wiig and fellow cast members Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis will exit SNL next month.

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