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Chris Rock will host 'Saturday Night Live' season premiere

The show will return to live broadcasts with its 46th season premiere.
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special - Season 2015
Chris Rock on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special on Feb. 15, 2015.Chris Haston / NBC file

Chris Rock is slated to host the Oct. 3 season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," featuring musical guest Megan Thee Stallion, the sketch series announced in a tweet Thursday.

The comedian and "SNL" alumnus previously emceed in 1996 and 2014, and he has made various cameo appearances on the show over the years. He was part of the lineup from 1990 to 1993.

"SNL" was forced to halt production in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S. The show closed out its previous season with three remotely-produced episodes.

The show will return to live broadcasts with the 46th season premiere, although it was not immediately clear if there will be a live audience inside Studio 8H at NBC's Rockefeller Plaza headquarters.

Rock, 55, stars in the fourth season of the FX anthology series "Fargo," a loose adaptation of the Coen brothers film of the same name.

"SNL" announced last week that comedian Jim Carrey would impersonate Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this week — filling the shoes of Woody Harrelson, who played Biden last year, and Jason Sudeikis, who portrayed Biden during the Obama administration.

The show also recently announced that three new cast members — Andrew Dismukes, Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson — would be joining as featured players.

Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of "SNL," said in an interview with New York Magazine last week that the show was "getting support" from the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as it prepared to return to live shows.

Michaels added the show's producers and crew were having meetings to discuss "the sheer physical challenge of what we can do within protocols."

"The physical problems of doing it — number of people who can be in the studio, number of people who can be in the control room, how you separate the band so that they’re not in any jeopardy — all of those are part of the meetings we’ve been having," Michaels told the magazine.