10:24am PT by Philiana Ng
Justin Timberlake to Host 'SNL'
Justin Timberlake is heading back to Saturday Night Live.
The singer-actor will return to lead NBC's late-night sketch show, pulling double duty as host and musical guest, on March 9, more than one week before his anticipated album The 20/20 Experience hits stores. This marks Timberlake's fifth SNL hosting stint.
It was previously announced that comedian Kevin Hart would host March 2 with musical guest Macklemore & Ryan Lewis of "Thrift Shop" fame.
Additionally, Timberlake has booked a week of appearances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon from March 11 to 15. Timberlake will perform each night and will chat with host Jimmy Fallon on Monday, March 11, and Friday, March 15.
The weeklong booking doesn't come as a surprise because Timberlake appeared on Fallon's very first show back in March 2009. Over the years, the duo performed what would become a viral sensation with the "History of Rap" trilogy. On SNL, they have a running sketch called "The Barry Gibb Talk Show."
Late Night did a similar weeklong celebration for Bruce Springsteen's album Wrecking Ball last year.
The 20/20 Experience will be released March 19 on RCA Records. Timberlake has already released two singles, "Suit & Tie" with Jay-Z and the eight-minute "Mirrors," and performed "Pusher Love Girl" and "That Girl" live. It was announced recently that Timberlake and Jay-Z would headline London's Wireless Festival this summer.
SNL is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon is executive produced by Michaels and produced by Michael Shoemaker. Gavin Purcell is supervising producer.
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