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WATCH: Melissa McCarthy Hosts SNL, Farewell to Seth Meyers

WATCH: Melissa McCarthy Hosts SNL, Farewell to Seth Meyers

Melissa McCarthy hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the third time last night, and despite her seasoned experience and warm humor, she couldn’t quite rescue the half-baked sketches. The opening skit reworked the Super Bowl halftime show as a Broadway musical about football playoffs. It was a questionable idea, with too little follow-through. McCarthy’s monologue was also inexplicable; she and Bobby Moynihan harnessed up and battled each other in a “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”-esque fight. 

The show happily employed McCarthy in many sketches, but continued to cast her as an aggressive, coarse, and blundering character–save for playing a goofy lady talking about online dating in the always fun “Girlfriends Talk Show.” Yes, McCarthy played a rib-scarfing homeless woman, a rude cable lady, a murder on the path for vengeance, and an unstable, vulgar game show contestant. Of course, McCarthy has proven in her latest blockbusters that she’s somehow lovable while playing a combative and crass character, but SNL would be a perfect opportunity for her to branch away from this typecasting. 

The most satisfying part of evening was not a sketch, but rather a warm goodbye to Seth Meyers, on his way to replace Jimmy Fallon on “Late Night.” Cecily Strong, his current Weekend Update co-host, bid him farewell along with former SNL favorites, Amy Poehler and Bill Hader (as Stefon), and Andy Samberg. 

Watch this and other highlights below:

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