Jennifer Lopez revealed that it’s every Bronx girl’s dream to be ‘proposed to by a yankee’ in this iconic opening monologue on ‘SNL’!
Jennifer Lopez made her return to the Saturday Night Live stage after a nine-year hiatus and the New York native was right at home! The 50-year-old revealed that she’s had her best year ever and got what every Bronx girl dreams of: “proposed to by a Yankee,” referencing her engagement to sexy fiancee Alex Rodriguez, 44! “I had the biggest movie I’ve ever had — and got a lap dance from Cardi B…I’m about to perform in the Super Bowl half time show,” she continued, then added, “I rocked the runway in a Versace dress I wore 20 years ago and some say I look better now then I did then…and I turned 50.” A man’s head in the audience exploded at the revelation, and we don’t blame him! Jen looked absolutely incredible in a black suit with a wide-legged pant and bow-tie, but stripped down to that iconic green Versace Dress!
The iconic dress reveal was a throwback to her opening monologue in 2001, where she came out in a cozy blue robe, also by Versace. “Somewhere along the way, I’ve picked up a reputation for being a diva,” she said in the throwback clip, adding that she was “prepared” for her hosting gig. She then dropped to robe to reveal the original dress she wore that same month to the Grammy Awards alongside then-boyfriend Diddy! “I mean, come on — you want a diva not to wear Versace?” she giggled in the throwback clip.
She also delivered an amazing Broadway rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” in the Dec. 7 monologue. We were loving that she was in full Christmas mode, and she sounded absolutely amazing as she slayed the classic holiday tune — once covered by Madonna — live! Her motto at the end of the opening segment? “The best is yet to come” — um, yes!
The Bronx native also got into the holiday spirit in a promo that aired ahead of the Rockefeller Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 5! According to the short sketch, it turns out that Jen was actually the one who got to oversee the tree being lit — all by the push of one big, red button located in a hotel room nearby.
SNL cast member Heidi Gardner reveals she was indeed the one who had the responsibility, but was happy to share the honor with Jennifer! “In broad daylight?” the Hustlers star asks, slightly confused, but goes ahead with pushing the button anyway. Of course, things didn’t go as planned as the tree seemingly doesn’t appear to light up. “I think it’s like a delay — like a NBC peacock delay,” Heidi offers, as Jen realizes she means a “three second delay.” Jen then hilariously offers to give the button a good “Jennifer Whack” and…well…seems to cut the power off for everyone else! We were loving her custom “Alex” hoop earrings, obviously for her fiance Alex Rodriguez.
The holidays are surely going to be a special time for Jen as she celebrates with Alex, her twins Max and Emme, 11, and Alex’s daughters Natasha, 15, and Ella, 11! Though Alex and Jen have yet to setting a wedding date since getting engaged back in March due to their busy schedules, they have discussed the possibility of having more kids!
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Jennifer’s SNL appearance coincides with her awards season campaign for the critically acclaimed film Hustlers, where she plays sexy stripper Ramona at the height of the 2008 economic recession. With club profits (and tips) on the decline, she quickly devises a scheme with Costance Wu‘s Destiny to keep the cash coming in! Jen’s SNL appearance marks her third at Studio 8H as host: she made her debut in 2001 where she performed her iconic hits “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and “Play” ahead of the release of The Wedding Planner, and pulled double duty again in 2010 to promote romcom The Back-Up Plan, making this the first-time she did not appear as musical guest.
Saturday Night Live has had a star-studded 45th season already, with hosts including Will Ferrell, Harry Styles, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, just to name a few! December is also full of A-listers making appearances, with Scarlett Johansson making her sixth appearance next week — which we’re sure will be a blast given she’s engaged to Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost — and legendary actor Eddie Murphy hosting for the first time since 1988.