Saturday Night Live celebrated the late Cicely Tyson as she closed her debut show of 2021.
After Krasinski and Chloe Fineman performed their last skit of the evening (a version of Disney Ratatouille with an adult rotation), the NBC sketch show displayed a SNL Title card featuring the pioneering, Oscar-nominated actress who hosted on February 10, 1979. Joining Tyson as a musical guest was the Talking Heads.
The show continued with its traditional curtain call after the brief tribute. Tyson died Thursday, she was 96 years old. His manager Larry Thompson confirmed the news but did not provide details of his death.
“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year has been a privilege and a blessing,” Thompson said in a statement. “Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the adornments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a star, at the top of the tree.
Krasinski made his debut as a host on Saturday and Machine Gun Kelly was the musical guest for the evening.