Selena Gomez made her debut as a presenter of . tonight Saturday Night Livespeaking in her opening monologue on the Hulu series Only murders in the buildingin which she co-stars with Steve Martin and Martin Short, and more.
Gomez opened her monologue by noting that growing up, she would watch the late-night show with her mom every week. “This is a big moment for me,” she said. “I actually started acting when I was seven, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some Hollywood icons, [like] Steve Martin, Martin Short and of course Barney.”
We then shot the purple dinosaur actress from one of her appearances on the kids 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 buildingGomez noted. “I was so honored to work with Steve Martin and Martin Short, especially after I googled them to find out who they were.”
Gomez recalled when she told a friend that she had been cast in a show called Only killing, the friend said, “Mm, that sounds sexy. Any hot co-stars?’”
“And I was like, ‘depends,'” the host joked. “‘Do you like the banjo?'”
Even if Only killing isn’t that sexy, Gomez said it was “cool” to work on the series with two SNL legends. “When I found out I’m hosting, I immediately asked for their advice,” she said. “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 got the impression that Cyrus was telling 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,’ said Gomez with a straight face. “Since I don’t want to get on the dating apps, I spread the universe that I manifest love. And I would like to say that I am looking for my soul mate, but at this point I will take everyone.”
“Um, I’ll do it,” cast member Kyle Mooney said, as he stepped onto the stage — to which Gomez asked, “What?”
“Be with you, like you said,” Mooney explained. “I do it.”
Gomez then shot him, and when Mooney found herself saying she’d take “everyone”, the host admitted she was “joking”, also exclaiming the fact that Mooney is married.
Gomez’s next suitor was “the new cast member, Jeff” – pointing out that his name is James, as in James Austin Johnson. And while the host was wrong about his name, she made it clear that she knew he too is married.
Then there was Punkie Johnson, who set himself up as a third potential love interest.
“Honestly, it’s kind of an atmosphere,” Gomez said, “but let’s see how the afterparty goes.”
Before moving on with the show, Gomez took a moment to express her gratitude for the opportunity to host. “I admit I’m a little nervous, but I think back to those words of wisdom that one of my co-stars would tell me before any show,” she concluded. “I love you, you love me, we are a happy family.”
Gomez then leads the audience in a sing-a-long of Barney & Friends‘ “I Love You” to close the sketch. She is joined tonight by musical guest Post Malone. Watch Gomez’s monologue by clicking above.