NEW YORK — Donald Trump is set to step onstage tonight to host “Saturday Night Live.”
**Watch a promo for tonight’s show in the video above**
It won’t be his first turn as guest host. The billionaire developer and media celebrity presided in April 2004, a few weeks after NBC’s “The Apprentice” debuted.
This time, SNL will serve as a campaign stop on Trump’s drive for the Republican presidential nomination.
Trump tweeted about hosting tonight’s show: “Saturday Night Live has some incredible things in store tonight. The great thing about playing myself is that it will be authentic! Enjoy”
Booking a presidential candidate to host the NBC sketch-comedy show is almost unprecedented. Previously, only eight politicians served as guest hosts. Only one of those — the Rev. Al Sharpton, in 2003 — was actively involved in a presidential bid at the time. Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared in last month’s season premiere, but not as the host.
NBC has faced pressure from a coalition of advocacy groups calling for Trump to be dropped from SNL over past immigration comments that cost him his Apprentice role.
Trump has welcomed the controversy, predicting it would only boost his audience.
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