‘SNL’ to kick off next season with Ryan Gosling and JAY-Z

The “Saturday Night Live” summer hiatus is coming to an end — and its kicking off the new year strong.

The late night sketch comedy series announced the first episode line-up for Season 43 and it includes Ryan Gosling as host and JAY-Z as the musical guest.

Gosling is helming the show to promote the upcoming “Blade Runner” film, while JAY-Z debuted his latest album “4:44” at the end of June and will take the stage to play some of its tracks.

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JAY-Z will be the musical guest in the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” on Sept. 30.

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The “La La Land” star previously hosted “SNL” in Dec. 2015. JAY-Z has performed in Studio 8H on four occasions – the last time being in 2010.

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He also made two cameos, one in 2013.

JAY-Z and wife Beyoncé just welcomed twins, Rumi and Sir, in June and only recently did JAY-Z start making appearances to discuss the album. The couple also shares daughter Blue Ivy, 5.

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