Seth Meyers says "Saturday Night Live" will go "easy" on Eli Manning when the New York Giants quarterback hosts the show on May 5.
The veteran cast member admitted the show's strategy to The New York Post
at the Time Magazine 100 event at Lincoln Center, "We tend to be very easy on our hosts. No, he's not known for his comedic timing, but he did something with us for the Super Bowl. The great thing about Eli is we haven't had a New York athlete host since Derek Jeter [in 2001], and the room becomes a little more excited when someone like that hosts."
Jeter was a popular guest and might be best known for how good he looked in a wig and dress.
Eli's brother Peyton also appeared on the show and the former-Colts quarterback's comedy timing is considered the high water mark for athletes who have hosted.
It's a tough act to follow but Eli has been doing it his whole career.
Meyers, who is a big sports fan, put to rest rumors he was leaving the show ("I never leave before an election") and said he was happy to meet Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin at the Time event.
As long as Meyers and his fellow cast members don't morph into the Philadelphia Eagles defense, "Easy Eli" should have no problems calling an audible on the live show.
I wonder how he'll look in a dress.