It really wouldn't have been proper for Channing Tatum to host Saturday Night Live and not take off his shirt, right?
The Vow star, who hosted the late-night laugher for the first time, did just that, starting the show by ripping off his button-down and basically appearing half-naked throughout the majority of the skits he was in for the rest of the show.
And we have to admit, that was not a bad thing.
"It is such an honor to be on this stage, especially considering my first job in show business was as a male stripper," Tatum said in his opening monologue. "That may sound like a joke but I really was a stripper for a year before I became an actor. So, the ground rules for tonight are, one, no touching…I can touch you, you can't touch me."
"Tips are appreciated. The only reason I'm hosting this show is to put myself through nursing school. Three, for my safety, Big Ronnie (Keenan Thompson) here will be with me all night long. I'm not ashamed of my past. I love stripping, I love my customers."
After pointing out a few women and men in the crowd that he'd given lap dances to, including Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig, Tatum treated the audience to some hip thrusting and butt popping…and tore open his shirt.
And that was just the beginning of Tatum's strip-downs.
In "Strip Club," Tatum who plays a stripper in the upcoming flick Magic Mike, hit the Bongos strip club stage as "Knick-ers-Wet," whipping off his shirt and gyrating on the floor in Timberland boots.
And while Tatum also took on a wacky trainer in "Exercise Commercial," and managed to keep his clothes on when he played a traumatized astronaut in "Secret Word" and a stiff sportscaster in "NBC Football Promo," the 31-year-old thesp really shined in "Getting Freaky with Cee Lo," where he gave a spot-on impression of Magic Mike costar Matthew McConaughney (did we mention he played a pair of bongos strapped over gold lame booty shorts?).
"You came over to my cabana and we went skinny dipping in the moonlight and I looked like a golden God," McConaughey/Tatum said in a sit-down with talk show host Cee-Lo (Keenan Thompson). "We waded in the water and we let tiny fish nibble on us until we lost all our body hair."
Grammy-nominated folk band Bon Iver also took the SNL stage, to perform "Holocene" and "Beth/Rest".
So, tell us…what did you think of Tatum's hosting stint on SNL? Did he make the cut? Or, was all that bod way too much for TV? Sound off in the comments.
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