'SNL' Tidbits for October 20, 2000

by Sean Bradley

Theron, Simon Team for 'SNL'

Actress Charlize Theron will make her "SNL" debut as the host of the November 4 episode, according to a source at the show.

The evening's musical guest will be none other than Paul Simon, who returns to "SNL" for the first time in six years. Simon has appeared on the show ten times since 1975, either as host or musical guest.

Theron is promoting "Men of Honor," opening November 10, in which she co-stars alongside Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. Simon's newest album, "You're the One," is in stores now.


No 'SNL' for Gore

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is shooting down rumors that Democratic presidential hopeful Al Gore will be making a cameo on this weekend's "SNL."

The Gossip section of Wednesday's New York Post said that both Gore and Republican George W. Bush had been invited to appear in a pre-taped "funny Q&A" sketch for Saturday's episode, and that Gore was up for the "SNL" gig. An NBC source, however, tells the Journal-Constitution there's no truth to the buzz.

It is true, however, that both Gore and Bush will appear on the upcoming primetime special: "SNL's Presidential Bash 2000." The two-hour "Bash 2000," which airs November 5 (two days before the election) at 9 p.m., will feature the best of "SNL's" political sketches from the past 25 years.


Two 'SNL' Alums Agree to Celeb 'Millionaire'

ABC taped their celebrity editions of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" over the weekend and, while the network hasn't officially identified the participants, at least two former "SNL" cast members are reportedly on the roster.

Regis Philbin revealed Monday on "Live with Regis" that ex-"Weekend Update" man Norm Macdonald was among the last two participants to make it into the hot seat. Macdonald went on so long, in fact, that producers of "Millionaire" were forced to extend the telecast. Jon Lovitz, an Emmy nominee during his "SNL" tenure, will also participate in the star-studded episodes, along with frequent host Alec Baldwin.

An ABC spokeswoman tells New York Daily News that the celeb "Millionaires" will air sometime in November.


HBO Awards Crystal

Former "SNL" star Billy Crystal will receive the HBO and U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Star Award the week of February 28 in Aspen, Colorado, according to the Associated Press.

Past recipients include Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Rob Reiner and Albert Brooks. "I am joining a special group of talented and funny people," said Crystal. "I hope this means my cable reception will get better."


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