The business magnate last hosted Satuday Night Live in 2004, right after he and the network launched the hugely successful ratings-giant The Apprentice.
During his ‘04 monologue, Trump poked fun at his larger-than-life persona, by boasting about being “a ratings machine.”
“It’s great to be here at Saturday Night Live, but I’ll be completely honest, it’s even better for Saturday Night Live that I’m here,” said Trump.
“After just one season, I am about to become the highest-paid television personality in America,” he added. “And as everyone in this room knows, highest-paid means best.”
More than a decade later, Trump still equals big ratings, which NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, and others have come to embrace in recent months.
The billionaire’s relationship with his former home network has been strained since June, when he first announced his candidacy, and NBC announced it would cut ties with him over his stance on illegal immigration.
Fences were mended in September, when Trump sat down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. That spot gave Fallon a huge ratings boost over CBS rival Stephen Colbert.
Trump has also sat down with NBC’s Meet The Press.
Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton appeared in a skit on SNL earlier this month, where she mocked Trump.
Trump responded on Twitter:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2015
It was later reported Clinton’s team had negotiated limits to how “vicious” the humor could get on the show.
It was just announced that I will be hosting Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7th — look forward to it! http://t.co/D74EQyvR0P
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2015