As far as we’re concerned, it’s time to give Saturday Night Live‘s famous Studio 8H a facelift.
The late-night variety show will turn 42 this year, an occasion it’s already rung in by adding three new cast members and seven first-time writers. It’s an exciting time for 30 Rockefeller Center, and if the show’s creator, Lorne Michaels, is smart, he’ll keep the momentum going. If Betty White — who won an Emmy for hosting her very first episode in 2010 — isn’t living proof that SNL newbies are capable of greatness, then nothing is.
While some of the show’s consummate hosts will likely pop up again (Sully has probably already landed Tom Hanks an umpteenth gig), there are more than a few SNL virgins who are long overdue. That Lauren Graham has never been nominated for an Emmy is a level of despicable only eclipsed by the fact that she’s yet to deliver an opening SNL monologue. And while RuPaul once appeared on the show for a split-second, an SNL hosting gig is long, long overdue — especially with a recent Emmy win considered.
Tradition is a part of of the series, but so is championing new blood, and experimenting with different types of talent. Check out 10 SNL virgins — actors, comedians, musicians and athletes — who’d make great first-time hosts, tell us who you’d like to see take the reins and be sure to tune in to the premiere on October 1 on NBC.