Lady Gaga may be boldly going where only Britney, Bruno, Bieber (and a whole lot of musicians whose names don’t begin with the letter B) have gone before: pulling double duty as host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.”
Yes, according to TVLine.com, Gaga is in discussions to return to “SNL” this season, and this time, she’d take on hosting duties in addition to performing.
It would mark the Mother Monster’s third stint on show show — she’s previously served as the musical guest in 2009 and 2011 — and, in her previous appearances, she acted in several sketches with hosts Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake (including “What’s That Name?” and “Deep House Dish,” which pitted her in a dance-off against Madonna).
Of course, her fans may not want to set their DVRs just yet: a spokesperson for NBC declined to comment on the report, saying that “SNL’s” fall lineup is still being finalized (the show’s 39th season premieres on September 28). Gaga’s ARTPOP album is due on November 11, and she’s been firing up the promotional machine in support of it, including the live debut of first single “Applause” at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards .
Over the show’s lengthy history, everyone from Paul Simon to MC Hammer has served as both host and musical guest on “SNL,” though in recent years, it’s become even more commonplace: Taylor Swift did double duty in 2009, Bruno Mars pulled off the feat in 2012, and last year, Justin Bieber handled both tasks .