Saturday, May 18, 2024

“Saturday Night Live” Looks for Controversy and Ratings Tonight as Dave Chappelle Hosts, Ice T is a Guest Star, Heidi Gardner Summoned In for Work



It’s going to be a very different “Saturday NIght Live” tonight.

Dave Chappelle has already caused controversy as the host. He’s said a lot of offending things in the past. His choice has caused something of a writers’ strike for the week. Also, except for Kenan Thompson, none of the cast turned up in promos.

On Thursday night, Heidi Gardner — who was going to miss working on the show because she was supposed to interview recently departed cast member Melissa Villasenior at the 92nd St Y — suddenly cancelled. The reason given was “Work related.” Someone must have figured out she was AWOL.

Now NBC star from “SVU” Ice T says he’s a guest on tonight’s show. This is in addition to Black Star as the musical guests. Was Ice T needed to fill gaps in the cast who are unhappy?

All of this could be good ratings for NBC tonight. Everyone loves a car crash. The numbers go up, up, up!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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