SNL Video: Jake Gyllenhaal Sings Boyz II Men to Say Goodbye to Season 49

It’s the end of the road for Saturday Night Live’s 49th season — and host Jake Gyllenhaal has the perfect way to say goodbye.

During his monologue that kicked off this week’s season finale, Gyllenhaal started out with some thinly veiled complaints that he’s stuck hosting the Season 49 finale and not the landmark Season 50 premiere. (He missed it by that much!) But he was still honored to host an SNL season finale, and he decided to commemorate it with a song, grabbing the mike to croon a version of the classic Boyz II Men torch song “End of the Road.”

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Gyllenhaal stopped mid-song to let us know: “You know, I was actually SNL’s first choice to host the finale… after a lot of people said no.” He revealed that Pedro Pascal, Zendaya and even “Gosling” passed on it — he “just hosted three shows ago!” — before Gyllenhaal was joined by cast members Kenan Thompson, Ego Nwodim, Punkie Johnson and Devon Walker for a full Boyz II Men five-part harmony, white cardigans and all.

Together, the five of them built to a rousing finish, as Gyllenhaal took the lead with a raspy rendition of the R&B favorite. No, It’s not Season 50… but it’s not bad, either.

Watch the full monologue above, and then grade this week’s SNL in our poll.

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