Keke Palmer Makes ‘SNL’ Debut With SZA As Returning Musical Guest

Keke Palmer is set to make her debut on 'SNL's Dec. 3 episode, along with returning musical guest SZA.

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Live from New York, it’s Saturday night! Season 48 of Saturday Night Live premiered on Oct. 1, and show runner Lorne Michaels has yet to disappoint with his choice of show hosts and musical guests. This week, Keke Palmer is set to make her debut along with musical guest SZA.

Keke Palmer is appearing on ‘SNL’ with singer SZA. (Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock / Scott Garfitt/Shutterstock)

To kick off this season, Top Gun: Maverick actor Miles Teller, 35, hosted the Oct. 1 episode with Kendrick Lamar as the musical guest. “It’s really exciting. You’re working with the absolute best of the best, so you feel well taken care of, but it is, it’s a lot. It’s a whirlwind,” Miles told NBC4 ahead of his big debut.

This season of SNL comes after a handful of cast members announced their departures from the show. Cast members Alex MoffatMelissa Villaseñor, and featured player Aristotle Athari exited after Season 47, along with Kate McKinnonAidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, and Pete Davidson. Chris Redd also confirmed to PEOPLE that he was saying goodbye to the show on Sept. 20.

Learn more about the next Season 48 show below.

Keke Palmer Is Hosting ‘SNL’ For The 3rd Time.

Saturday Night Live will welcome Keke as host for the third time. The 29-year-old is a staple in the film and television world from her acting roles in projects like Hustlers as well as hosting gig on GMA3, as well as her own platform KeyTV. “I can’t wait!! The stage awaits @nbcsnl,” she captioned a post about hosting the comedy sketch series on Sept. 12, sharing the image of her name on a post-it.

In a promo, Keke said she was “so excited to be” there, joking she’s an “octuple threat” with singing, acting, dancing — along with beekeeping, painting, magic, and folding a fitted sheet. Although that was only seven things, Keke saved herself by joking she “didn’t say I could count.” Based on the promo, we already know this is going to be a hilarious episode.

The Musical Guest For The Episode Is SZA

SZA is returning to SNL for the second time as performer, but third time overall. The star made her debut back in 2017 with “The Weekend” and “Get Out of Your Own Way”. The 33-year-old also appeared in 2019 to make a cameo when DJ Khaled performed “Just Us” as a tribute to Nipsey Hussle.

What Time Is ‘SNL’ On?

Saturday Night Live airs at 11:35 p.m. PST/EST and 9:30 p.m. MT on local NBC affiliates. The series can also be streamed live on the Peacock app.

Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim and Bowen Yang are all returning for season 48. (Will Heath/NBC)

‘SNL’ Cast Members This Season

Saturday Night Live has a number of new cast members joining the show this season, including Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker.

Michael Che and Colin Jost remain in their roles as “Weekend Update” hosts, which they took over in 2014 from Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong. Other returning cast members include Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Bowen Yang, and Heidi Gardner. Rounding out the returning list is Sarah Sherman, Ego Nwodim, Chloe Fineman, Mikey Day, and Punkie Johnson.

Pete Davidson and Colin Jost are seen on ‘Weekend Update’ during Season 46. (Will Heath/NBC)

As mentioned above, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor, featured player Aristotle Athari, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Pete Davidson, and Chris Redd departed the show ahead of Season 48. Many of these cast members announced their exit in May with some not revealing the news until Sept. 1.

Chris announced the news of his exit from SNL on Sept. 20 with a statement to PEOPLE. “Being a part of SNL has been the experience of a lifetime. Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing that this was an amazing opportunity for growth,” Chris said. “Now, with friends who have become family and memories I will cherish forever, I’m grateful to [creator] Lorne Michaels and to the entire SNL organization. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you all enough.”

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