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Why it was unlikely: The late NBC programming head, who helped rejuvenate the network in the early '80s, was rewarded with a guest-hosting stint on the series and remains the only NBC executive to have hosted the show.
How'd it go? Similar to Elle MacPherson's appearance more than a decade later, Tartikoff's non-comic monologue was punctuated with jokey subtitles. Clearly the "SNL" writing staff understood what they were working with.