Selena Gomez made her debut as a presenter tonight Saturday night livewho talks about the Hulu series in her opening monologue Only murders in the buildingin which she stars alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short and more.
Gomez opened her monologue by noting that growing up, she watched the late-night show with her mom every week. “This is a big moment for me,” she said. “I started acting when I was seven and have been fortunate to work with some Hollywood icons. [like] Steve Martin, Martin Short and of course Barney.”
We then cut to a shot of the actress with the purple dinosaur from one of her appearances on the children’s show Barney & friends back in the early 2000s. “That was the first show I was on and now I’m on a show called Only murders in the building‘ Gomez remarked. “I was so honored to work with Steve Martin and Martin Short, especially after googling them to find out who they were.”
Gomez recalled telling a friend that she had been cast on a show called only murders, the friend said: “Mm, that sounds sexy. Any hot co-stars?’”
“And I was like, ‘It depends,'” joked the host. “‘Do you love the banjo?'”
Even if only murders isn’t that sexy, Gomez said it was “cool” to work together on the series SNL legends. “When I found out I was a host, I immediately reached out to her for advice,” she shared. “Steve said, ‘Don’t trust anyone,’ and Marty said, ‘I think Steve Martin used my credit card.'”
Gomez said she also asked one of her “oldest friends,” Miley Cyrus, for advice and then thought Cyrus told her, “Just be yourself and have fun.”
The host went on to explain that she’s happy to be on the show because she’s single, and she’s heard it’s “a great place” to find love. “Emma Stone met her husband here. [There’s] Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost and Pete [Davidson] and… Machine Gun Kelly,” Gomez said. “Not wanting to get on the dating apps, I’m sharing with the universe that I’m manifesting love. And I’d like to say I’m looking for my soulmate, but at this point I’ll take anyone.”
“Uh, I’ll do that,” actor Kyle Mooney said as he took the stage — to which Gomez asked, “What?”
“Be yourself like you said,” Mooney explained. “I will do it.”
Gomez then gunned him down, and when Mooney noted she said she’d take “anyone,” the host admitted she was “kind of joking,” also calling out the fact that Mooney is married.
Gomez’s closest suitor was “new cast member Jeff” – who pointed out that his name is James, as in James Austin Johnson. And while the hostess got his name wrong, she made it clear that she knew he was married too.
Then there was Punkie Johnson posing as the third potential love interest.
“Honestly, it’s kind of a vibe,” Gomez said, “but let’s see how the afterparty goes.”
Before continuing with the show, Gomez took a moment to express her gratitude for the opportunity to host. “I’ll admit I’m a little nervous, but I just think back to those words of wisdom that one of my co-stars said to me before every show,” she concluded. “I love you, you love me, we are a happy family.”
Gomez then led members of the audience into a sing-along Barney & friends‘ ‘I love you’ to complete the sketch. She is joined for tonight’s show by musical guest Post Malone. Watch Gomez’s monologue by clicking above.