'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy confirms Jane Lynch's 'SNL' hosting gig. (It was news to her!)

Jane-LynchImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThough NBC will still not officially confirm Jane Lynch’s Saturday Night Live hosting gig October 9, Glee creator Ryan Murphy told the Hollywood Reporter at Tuesday’s Eat, Pray, Love premiere in NYC that he had a heavy hand in orchestrating this epic cheerleading routine of a schedule shift. “Saturday Night Live called to say, ‘Would you give us Jane for a week in October?'” explained Murphy. “We just don’t do that, but for Lorne Michaels, I said yes.”

Murphy then sent a text message to an unsuspecting Lynch, who was probably practicing sultry Madonna poses in an ornate brass mirror. “I said, ‘Lady, you’re doing Saturday Night Live,” Murphy said. “And she literally wrote back, ‘What are you talking about?'” EW is trying to confirm that Jane Lynch then stole away to his home and punched him in the face for being so sneaky. Story pending. PopWatch investigates!

Lynch topped this week’s EW.com photo gallery of 15 funny people we hope will be in line for a Saturday Night Live hosting gig. Click through those and tell us who we missed — Justin Timberlake? Carol Burnett? Denzel Washington? — and let us know what you’re anticipating from Lynch’s episode. I’m thinking in addition to a Best In Show reunion, we’re gonna need a reprise to Lynch’s series of “Stalking Tony the Tiger” Frosted Flakes commercials…which were directed by Christopher Guest! Watch one after the break!

Read more: ‘SNL': 15 We Hope Will Host

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  • Ceballos

    It’s great for Lynch that “Glee” has brought her all this success and attention…but it’s a shame that it took this long, because she’s been really funny for a long time.

  • JC

    I appreciate that Fox is taking a “break” from hyping Glee. Now will someone please tell the media that I don’t need to hear soundbites from Ryan Murphy every. single. day. Please?

    • JC (the other one)

      I agree

    • Jack

      My thoughts exactly. You would think the Glee cast would be the fame hungry ones, but NO, it’s the creator of the show.

    • UGH

      Glee is cranking into overdrive in the overexposure machine it seems.

  • Karen

    Too bad Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri aren’t still cast members. Jane could play their cheerleading coach.

    • Jawamily

      I smell a role reprisal for the night…

    • Jenn

      Great idea!

    • Summer

      That really is a fantastic idea! I hope they give Jane some terrific material (like this idea) otherwise she will be chewing the scenery with all of her improv talent. Can’t wait for this SNL ep to happen, and agree with many posters that it may be one of the few SNL shows that I watch this year. It has gotten awfully lame (again), but I guess that happens when a show hits 30+.

      • flower

        Maybe they can borrow the writers from Glee? Because the writers on SNL have been just plain awful. Even the funny people become unfunny. It’s painful to watch.

  • Cassie

    I’m so excited!!! I might actually stay up and watch an episode of SNL!! GO JANE!

  • Aaron

    In the commercial, is that Christine Baranski that they try to take a picture of?

    • Kat

      I actually thought it looked like her too!

      • Snsetblaze

        I think it is her.

    • orville

      You know, I actually remember that ad! And it does look like Christine Baranski.

    • Lor Lor

      Me too!

  • Poppy

    Bring back Will Ferrell and Cherie O’Terie for this episode!!

  • Briana

    Oh yeah!

  • tim


  • Eric

    Lynch is becoming this year’s Tina Fey on this site.
    Overexposed and overrated.

    • tomm

      Boo hoo, she’s better than most ‘fan boi’ and slacker icons.

  • ncmacasl

    Look for a Tony the Tiger cameo at 0:18 (in the center left background, next to Jane)

    • e4ia

      Ha ha. I totally missed that the first time I watched it. Great eye!

  • S.O.

    w/ musical guest Arcade Fire????

  • tomm

    Hope the SNL writers give her good material!! But then she could read an IKEA furniture assembly manual and be funny.

  • Jackson

    Oh my god, Arianna, you know what her appearance needs?

    The perfect cheer!!!

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