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‘SNL’: Kate McKinnon Crashes Ariana DeBose’s Opening Monologue For Performance Of ‘West Side Story’ Medley

Ariana DeBose tonight made her first appearance as host of SNL, talking in her opening monologue about her performance as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story, which recently netted her a Golden Globe.

“Now, not many people know this, but West Side Story is actually based on another classic tale of star-crossed lovers,” the actress joked. “90 Day Fiancé.”

In any case, she said, she’s pleased to be on the show tonight not only to represent the Latino community as an Afro-Latina, but also the Broadway community. “Obviously, Broadway has been through a lot these past couple of years, but we are a community that perseveres,” she said. “I believe Broadway changes lives. I mean, hey, it changed mine, and Broadway has this magical ability to bring people together.”

DeBose continued to say that we “can all use” a little bit of Broadway right now, teeing up her performance of a medley of songs from West Side Story, only to have Kate McKinnon come barging on the stage.

“Did I hear, ‘Sing songs from West Side Story with Kate McKinnon?’” the SNL cast member wondered.

“Uh, no,” replied DeBose. “But hi, Kate.”

“I’m sorry. It’s just, it’s my favorite show,” said McKinnon. “I’ve loved it since I was in elementary school.”

Naturally, then, DeBose wondered what she thought of the new film adaptation.

“I didn’t see it,” McKinnon deadpanned. “I don’t leave the house because of Covid, and also because I don’t leave the house.”

“Well, in that case,” said DeBose, “why don’t we bring out some stools and we can sing together?”

And sing they did, with DeBose and McKinnon performing portions of such tunes as “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Something’s Coming” and “America.”

“That was pretty good, Kate,” DeBose said, early on in their

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West Side Story's Ariana DeBose convinces Bleachers' Jack Antonoff to change his band's name
She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her acclaimed performance as Anita in Steven Spielberg's new adaptation of West Side Story.And breakout star Ariana DeBose used her newfound clout to convince singer–songwriter Jack Antonoff to change the name of his band Bleachers ahead of her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live.In a promo for her episode that was released Thursday, the 30-year-old dancer-turned-actress managed to gross the out the 37-year-old producer by informing him that people sometimes get intimate 'under the bleachers.' Just teasing! Ariana DeBose, 30, poked fun at Bleachers leader Jack Antonoff enough to make him want to change the band's name in a Saturday Night Live promo featuring Bowen Yang that was released ThursdayIn the clip, Ariana put on a busty display in an off-the-shoulder dress decorated with colorful pastel stripes, while Jack affected a nerdy–cool look with a black leather jacket and thick black glasses.After she introduced herself and Jack's band Bleachers, cast member Bowen Yang — who sported newly dyed-blond hair — added, 'Such a fun name, Bleachers, like, "Hey, let's go make out under the bleachers."' But the musician seemed offended at the idea.'Nobody does that!' he interjected, while Ariana shot back, 'Yes, they do.'The thought of kissing under the bleachers seemed to have turned the musician off of his own band name.