‘SNL’ Sets Return Date With Host Pete Davidson and Musical Guest Ice Spice

Pete Davidson and Ice Spice will appear on the season premiere of SNL. (Credit: Shutterstock)

After five months off the air, SNL is set to return this month to Studio 8H.

NBC announced Wednesday season 49 of Saturday Night Live will kick off on Oct. 14, with host Pete Davidson and first-time musical guest Ice Spice, who was recently named Best New Artist at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards.

Davidson, a former SNL cast member, was scheduled to make his hosting debut on the show in May with then-musical guest Lil Uzi Vert — when production shut down because of the Writers Guild of America strike.

The actor and comedian currently stars on and co-executive produces the Peacock comedy series Bupkis.

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Bad Bunny will do double duty on Oct. 21 as SNL host and musical guest, NBC said in a press release.

The show’s return comes after the WGA reached a tentative agreement last month with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents the studios and streamers.

While the 148-day strike has ended, actors represented by SAG-AFTRA remain on strike as contract negotiations continue with the AMPTP.

Although SNL cast members and hosts can continue to work because the show is covered under a different SAG-AFTRA contract.

The union said in a statement that SNL cast members “are not in violation of SAG-AFTRA strike rules, and we support them in fulfilling their contractual obligations. The program is a SAG-AFTRA non-dramatic production under a separate agreement that is not subject to the union’s strike order.”

NBC announced the entire cast from last season is returning to SNL for the new season. The show has also added Chloe Troast as a featured player.

SNL returns on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT on NBC. The show will stream live on Peacock.