Chris Pratt And Sarah Silverman Are The First Two ‘Saturday Night Live’ Hosts This Season

NBC has officially announced the first two hosts of Season 40 of Saturday Night Live, and there’s good news and bad news.

The good news: according to Uproxx, Bill Murray is rumored to be one of upcoming Saturday Night Live hosts. The bad news: also according to Uproxx, those rumors are just that: rumors. As of this post, Bill Murray is not officially announced as being involved in any way with SNL‘s 40th season, yet. And quite frankly, that might have been too much to hope for.

But, in Bill Murray’s absence, we have Chris Pratt ringing in Saturday Night Live’s 40th season opener, on September 27, with musical guest Ariana Grande; followed the next week by Sarah Silverman, with musical guest Maroon 5.

NBC sent out two tweets earlier today about the new season.

Here’s how Bill Murray – who last hosted Saturday Night Live in 1999 – got mixed up in the rumor mill: Tuesday afternoon, “several” local NBC affiliates, according to Splitsider, tweeted the news about Season 40’s first three hosts, including Bill Murray. For reasons not exactly clear, those tweets were taken down quickly, but not before Splitsider had broken the news. Anyway, as of this post it’s not clear when, or if, Bill Murray will be hosting in Season 40. We’ll just have to wait and see.

But let’s not focus on the people who won’t be hosting Saturday Night Live, but on the people who will.

Chris Pratt is coming fresh off of his summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy and filming the final season of Parks and Recreation, according to E! Online. Musical guest Ariana Grande, meanwhile, was recently caught up in the whole-hacked-iPhones-leaked-nude-photos thing, according to this Inquisitr report, but handled the controversy with aplomb, claiming she’s “much cuter” than those leaked photos.

Next up is Sarah Silverman, who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live during the 1993-1994 season (is she really that old?). This will be her first time returning as host. And speaking of things that got their start in the 90’s, Maroon 5 will be making their “Maroon Fifth” appearance as musical guests.

Are you excited about the new season of Saturday Night Live? Disappointed you won’t be seeing Bill Murray? Let us know what you think below.

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