Benedict Cumberbatch jokes about his sexiness on Saturday Night Live debut
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Benedict Cumberbatch jokes about his sexiness on Saturday Night Live debut

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Benedict Cumberbatch played up to his sex symbol status while making his debut as host of Saturday Night Live.

The Oscar-nominated actor was accompanied by a bevy of women including Leslie Jones as he started his opening monologue on Saturday.

Referencing the upcoming presidential election, in which Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton will go head-to-head at the polls on Tuesday, Cumberbatch joked: “So, nice to be hosting on the last week of America as we know it.”

“We Brits deal with it this way: we drink. We drink so much!” he laughed, as he gave viewers tips on how to survive the political craziness.

Comparing his attention from the ladies to that of a crowd at a Barry White concert, he continued to read off a list of his accomplishments, including movie The Imitation Game, for which he was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year.

The show featured the segment, Why Is Benedict Cumberbatch Hot? as contestants including the actor were tasked with answering a question that could solve the mystery of the Sherlock star’s hotness.

Cumberbatch downplayed his appeal, and joked, “Some people say that I look like a hammer-head shark but Glamour magazine named me one of the sexiest men alive.”

Meanwhile, Bill Murray made a surprise appearance as he returned to the Saturday Night Live studios to celebrate the Chicago Cubs baseball team, who won the World Series earlier this week.

The Ghostbusters star was joined by Cubs players Anthony Rizzo, David Ross, Dexter Fowler as the apparent winners of the SNL’s first-ever The Voice contest.

There was also some controversy during a comedy sketch starring Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton.

The skit featured Baldwin’s Trump consistently denying his links to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Ku Klux Klan, only for him to then kiss them all passionately on the lips.


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