A disappointing Saturday Night Live premiere at least offers one cast member a chance to break out

October 4, 2015 7:41 AM

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A disappointing Saturday Night Live premiere at least offers one cast member a chance to break out

According to the internet (which would know), the internet was ablaze with even more than usual preemptive dudgeon as Miley Cyrus’ third hosting gig grew near. The facts that this is her third hosting stint, that she’d done serviceable work in her last two appearances, and that she is hardly the first youth-friendly non-actor to host the show in the past few decades make it easy (and correct) to chalk up the ire to the easy griping of people looking for something new to complain about. And yet—Miley Cyrus isn’t an especially good SNL host.

Part of the resistance stems from Cyrus’ position as host-musical guest double threat no doubt, as the inevitable comparisons to double shot all-star Justin Timberlake doesn’t do her any favors. In her three appearances (and her cameo at last year’s anniversary special), Cyrus just isn’t the actor T...

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