Justin Timberlake returned to host “Saturday Night Live” for the fifth time and took what appeared to be a subtle swipe at Kanye West.
Performing his latest hit “Suit & Tie,” Timberlake changed the lyrics from ”Aww, s*** so sick, got a hit and picked up a habit” to “my hit’s so sick, got rappers acting dramatic.”
Timberlake seemed to be addressing the comment West made at a concert in February.
West told the London crowd: “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t f*****g with that ‘Suit & Tie.’”
“Hov” is the nickname for rapper Jay-Z, who partnered with Timberlake on the new tune and made an appearance on the “SNL” stage Saturday. Jay-Z is also set to embark on a tour with Timberlake this summer.
Jay-Z has also released a joint album with West, which could make any burgeoning feud between West and Timberlake awkward for Jay-Z.
For his fifth time as host, Timberlake was welcomed into the “Five-Timers Club” by Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Paul Simon, Chevy Chase and Candice Bergen, who all showed up to wish him well.
During his monologue, Timberlake described being given the coveted “Five-Timers Club” membership card. Knocking on a secret door, he was ushered into the club — a paneled library room — where he met Simon, Martin, Chase, Baldwin, Hanks and Baldwin and was given a “5-Timer” smoking jacket.
Martin Short was the waiter, while original cast member Dan Aykroyd served as the bartender.
Timberlake and Andy Samberg also reprised their R&B crooner characters from the classic digital short “D*** in a Box.” For the sketch “It’s a Date,” they played bachelors vying for a night out with cast member Vanessa Bayer. As she asked them questions like, “How would you spend a rainy night with me?” they sang their responses in their trademark “sexy” style.