Tom Hanks, one of the most beloved actors in the film industry, has made a triumphant return to television as the host of the most recent "Saturday Night Live" episode.
On Saturday, the 63-year-old performed the classic opening monologue for the show from his own kitchen due to the lockdown and made quite a few references that didn't go unnoticed.
Tom Hanks speaking onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 10th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California | Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Dressed to impress, Hanks revealed his new bald look which, according to him, was the result of having to shave his head for a role, and said that it is slowly growing back.
The actor opened up with a reference to Netflix's documentary series "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" by addressing the viewers as "cool cats and kittens."
Despite the COVID-19 diagnosis, Hanks appeared to be in pretty great spirits and didn't refrain from cracking more than a handful of jokes, including a very special one directed at Bill Cosby.
Hanks was one of the first celebrities infected by the disease
During the monologue, Hanks said that, since the diagnosis, he's been more like America's dad because no one wants to be around him for very long and because he made people uncomfortable.
The veteran actor also took the opportunity to take a jab at the film industry by telling the audience how Australians use Celsius instead of Fahrenheit when taking one's temperature. He said:
"So, when they come in and they say, ‘You’re 36,’ which seemed very bad to me. But turns out 36 is fine, turns out 38 is bad. So basically it’s how Hollywood treats female actors.”
Tom Hanks at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage
PRAISING THOSE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO HELP OTHERS
After that, Hanks addressed the fact that it was the first time since early March that he wore anything aside from sweatpants and joked that he didn't remember how buttons worked anymore.
Hanks ended the segment on a more serious note, thanking hospital workers, first-responders, all the helpers and even the supermarket stockers and people who deliver food for all their hard work.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
According to the actor, he and his wife, Rita Wilson, are currently hunkered down, like everyone should be, after testing positive for COVID-19.
Hanks was one of the first celebrities infected by the disease and, since then, he has served as an example on how to proceed by staying at home in order to keep the virus contained and not infect other people.