“SNL”: Kristen Wiig Welcomed by Matt Damon, Paul Rudd, Ryan Gosling, and Other A-Listers as She Becomes a Member of the 5-Timers Club

Kristen Wiig Enters “SNL” Five-Timers Club Amidst Controversy Over Prestigious Smoking Jackets

Kristen Wiig, the beloved former cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” reached a significant milestone this past weekend by hosting the show for the fifth time. This achievement automatically inducted her into the illustrious Five-Timers Club, a prestigious group that includes other former cast members who have also hosted the show at least five times.

However, as Wiig soon discovered during her hosting duties, the once-revered tradition of receiving a Five-Timers Club smoking jacket was met with some controversy. Wiig’s monologue was abruptly interrupted by fellow Five-Timers Club member Paul Rudd, who made a comedic plea for inclusion in a celebrity cameo sketch, only to find out there was no such script.

Even more disheartening for Wiig was when former “SNL” writer Paula Pell revealed that the club jackets were being distributed quite liberally, leading to confusion and a sense that the honor had lost its meaning. Matt Damon added to the confusion by proudly donning a Five-Timers Club jacket despite having only hosted the show twice, explaining that the rules were somewhat arbitrary and open to interpretation.

Despite feeling somewhat disillusioned by the situation, Wiig found solace in the encouragement of Damon, who pointed out that she was the youngest member of the club and the first female recipient of the honor. In a gesture of camaraderie, Ryan Gosling bestowed his own club jacket upon Wiig, symbolizing solidarity and support within the exclusive SNL fraternity.

In an interview with ET back in March, Wiig reflected on her enduring connection to “Saturday Night Live” and the mix of emotions she felt upon returning as a host. She expressed gratitude for the show’s enduring legacy and the joy it continues to bring to audiences week after week, attributing its longevity to a unique spirit that infuses the studio and guides the show through decades of comedic excellence.

Wiig’s hosting gig, accompanied by musical guest Raye, was a reminder of her significant contributions to the show during her seven-season tenure as a cast member. As the show continues to entertain audiences with its timeless humor and iconic characters, Wiig’s presence served as a nostalgic reminder of the enduring impact of “Saturday Night Live.”

“Saturday Night Live” airs live coast-to-coast at 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT on NBC and streams live on Peacock, continuing to captivate audiences with its blend of satire, comedy, and social commentary.

Overall, Wiig’s entrance into the exclusive Five-Timers Club may have been met with some lighthearted controversy, but her enduring talent and charisma have solidified her status as a comedic icon within the “SNL” community. As she continues to delight audiences with her unique brand of humor and charm, Wiig’s legacy on the show remains an integral part of its storied history.