Channing Tatum hosts Saturday Night Live and does something a little raunchy to boost ratings.
‘The Vow’ star, who hosted the SNL for the first time, did the unexpected, beginning the show by tearing off his button-down and showing off what his mama gave him. Throughout the majority of the skits he was top-less and who could blame him.
“It is such an honor to be on this stage, especially considering my first job in show business was as a male stripper,” Tatum said in his opening monologue. “That may sound like a joke but I really was a stripper for a year before I became an actor. So, the ground rules for tonight are, one, no touching…I can touch you, you can’t touch me.”
“Tips are appreciated. The only reason I’m hosting this show is to put myself through nursing school. Three, for my safety, Big Ronnie (Keenan Thompson) here will be with me all night long. I’m not ashamed of my past. I love stripping, I love my customers.”
After singling out a few women and men in the crowd that he’d given lap dances to, Tatum teased the audience with some hip thrusting, bootie shaking and then tore open his shirt.
And that was just the beginning of Tatum’s strip-downs. Tatum ,who plays a stripper in the upcoming flick ‘Magic Mike’, graces the strip club stage as “Knick-ers-Wet,” ripping off his shirt and gyrating on the floor in Timberland boots.
And while Tatum also took on a role of a wacky trainer in “Exercise Commercial,” and managed to keep his clothes on when he played a traumatized astronaut in “Secret Word” and a stiff sportscaster in “NBC Football Promo,” the 31-year-old really stood out in “Getting Freaky with Cee Lo,” where he gave a dead-on impression of Magic Mike’s costar Matthew McConaughey
“You came over to my cabana and we went skinny dipping in the moonlight and I looked like a golden God,” Tatum said as McConaughey in a sit-down with talk show host Cee-Lo (Keenan Thompson). “We waded in the water and we let tiny fish nibble on us until we lost all our body hair.”
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