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SNL Recap: Welcome Home, Ben Who-Fleck


It was probably a good thing that Ben Affleck didn't have anything specific to promote this week as host of SNL, because his fifth time hosting the show — so celebrated a couple months ago when Justin Timberlake reached that milestone (as referenced/goofed on in Affleck's monologue — was overshadowed somewhat by the final performances of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and maybe/unofficially Jason Sudekis. This is both a blessing and a curse for Affleck. Sure, no celebrity wants to host SNL and get no tangible bump from it, but the dimmed spotlight on Affleck allowed this season finale to be a hugely successful episode despite the fact that its host wasn't very good. Cue-card fumblings and visible nerves should not be a problem with a five-time host, and while he definitely had some bright spots as the show went on, it's becoming clearer and clearer that acting is not the guy's strong suit. One day, he'll be our Ron Howard, and we'll wonder how we ever thought of him as an actor in the first place. Sorry, Ben. You'll always have "BEN WHO-FLECK?!"

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