Jimmy Fallon returns to Saturday Night Live as a guest host

Posted Dec 19, 2011 by Nancy Houser
Jimmy Fallon recently returned to Saturday Night Live as a first-time guest host for the Christmas Edition. Included were old friends from Fallon's 2002-2003 season: Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Tracy Morgan, Chris Kattan, Amy Poehler, and Horatio Sanz.
Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
Oh, yeah, and don't forget the thickly-accented girlfriend Denise from the old days was there, played by Rachel Dratch!
Another plus for the show was Canadian musical guest star Michael Bublé, who has won several album awards, three Grammy Awards and numerous Juno Awards, according to ZapIt. Newsday reports that it may be the final year for several members of the cast, which made it even more special to Fallon. Jimmy Fallon had been a regular cast member with them from 1996 to 2004 until leaving for the NBC Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.
"That was my favorite episode of the whole season," Fallon says. "Everyone's in a good mood, New York is so exciting during the holidays, and they are ready to skewer and satirize as much as they possibly can.
"At the end of the holiday episode, the host normally says goodbye with the cast down on the [Rockefeller Center] ice-skating rink. That is just crazy when it's 1 in the morning in New York City. It's just so cool! I'm hoping the arrangements are being made, because I want to do that. Even if I have to climb over the wall."
The Daily Beast reported that ironically back in 1998, when Fallon was a young cast member of SNL, he predicted he would not only be a big star but would also host the show on Dec.12, 2011. Well, he was a few days off…but pretty close. What he was not able to predict was that his guest host position would deliver the show's highest Nielsens rating this season, an 8% rise from the prior 2010 Christmas Show.
While Fallon was enjoying his week-end guest hosting his old show and visiting old friends, the Daily Mail reports that on Saturday while he was (ahem) dressed up like a bumble bee and skating around Rockefeller Center, he happened to see a young couple with a proposal taking place. He buzzed on over to New York's biggest icon....the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree ... and congratulated them. The small segment was aired toward the end of the SNL show, a grand finale for the season.