Is Bill Murray Coming Back To 'SNL' After 15 Years?

Please say yes, please say yes.

UPDATE: OK, so we still don't know if Bill Murray is returning. Keep those fingers crossed. NBC has, however, confirmed that Chris Pratt will host the season opener on September 27, accompanied by musical guest Ariana Grande.

All eyes on you, Star-Lord.


EARLIER: Some would say that turning 40 puts you over the hill, but the reported selection of hosts to kick off the first three episodes of the 40th season of "Saturday Night Live" would suggest that if they are over any hill, it is a hill of awesomeness.

Splitsider reported that Bill Murray, Sarah Silverman and Chris Pratt will host the first three episodes of the legendary sketch show.

One caveat, though: NBC hasn't officially announced the lineup, but sharp-eyed Splitsider caught that multiple local NBC affiliates posted the news Tuesday night (September 9) and then quickly deleted the articles. The articles also contained the accompanying musical guests: Ariana Grande, Maroon 5 and Hozier.

If the list is correct, it's awesome news. Murray was on "SNL" for three seasons from 1977 to 1980, joining the cast following Chevy Chase's departure. Murray has hosted "SNL" five times, but here's the thing: the last time he hosted was in February of 1999. Fifteen years! Fif. Teen. Years. 15! Years!

Murray hasn't hosted this millennium. It's time to see him back.

Silverman is also a great choice, having very briefly (18 weeks) worked as a writer and performer on "SNL" in the '90s. She's back in the spotlight and, hey, maybe she'll bring her liquid pot with her for some added laughs.

Pratt is, of course, America's boyfriend. He starred in "Guardians of the Galaxy," this summer's top flick, but stole our hearts as the occasionally homeless Andy Dwyer on "Parks and Recreation" years ago. If he's hosting, we can keep our fingers crossed not only for a Mouserat-esque alt-rock parody song, but also for guest appearances from his fellow "Parks" dwellers. (You hear us, Amy Poehler? We miss you, OK?)