Regé-Jean Page got here to play — and to smolder — in his inaugural Saturday Night Live internet hosting gig. The breakout Bridgerton star capitalized on the success of Netflix’s blockbuster interval romance, which is formally probably the most profitable present within the streaming service’s historical past, with a vigorous sketch comedy debut that had viewers applauding and hearts fluttering. And the British-Zimbabwean actor leaned into his intercourse image standing. “People affiliate me with being this smoldering, sensual smokeshow,” he stated in his monologue, which was continuously interrupted by the passionate cheers of devoted followers. “But I guarantee you, I’m only a common man.” Sure… an everyday man who is aware of the right way to expertly seduce the digicam.Page was joined onstage by his “private liaisons” Aidy Bryant and Ego Nwodim, in addition to Chloe Fineman, who arrived in her Regency-era most interesting to play his Bridgerton co-lead — and rumored real-life love curiosity — Phoebe Dynevor. And the performers could not disguise their very own love for the brooding, lovely Duke he performs on TV, although he stored insisting in any other case. “I’m nothing like my character — I’m truly fairly shy,” Page stated, simply earlier than hanging one other smoldering pose because the SNL band cranked up the horny music.Bryant and Nwodim went on to quote their favourite scenes from the collection… most of which featured the host and “extraordinarily scorching intercourse man” in varied phases of undress. And, as soon as once more, the viewers expressed their excessive appreciation for his dedication to the function. Page repaid them with one closing little bit of romantic aptitude, crooning the Righteous Brothers favourite “Unchained Melody,” with Ghost-level vitality. “I’m completely satisfied to play the Duke: I’ve been round for awhile, although,” Page stated afterwards. “I used to be in Roots, I’ve performed high-flying legal professionals. Yet someway individuals simply need me to be this man who says, ‘I burn for you.'” After she discovered her voice once more, Fineman spoke for the Studio 8H viewers by saying, “Yeah, I imply why would anybody need you to do this?”Story continuesIt’s secure to say that Twitter was vibing massive time on Page’s vitality.And the love for Page did not dissipate after that smoldering monologue: many famous how the SNL writing employees gave him a number of alternatives to point out off his vary past being the handsomest man within the room. In reality, the compulsory Bridgerton sketch was saved for the top of the present… which was simply as nicely because it was additionally the weakest skit of the night time. Whether he was singing sea shanties, carrying a face defend or discussing Taylor Swift, Page had the viewers within the palm of his hand. After tonight, his profession is formally on hearth.I’m prepared for Regé-Jean Page to get a Jack Sparrow function after that sea shanty sketch. Or, simply make Bridgerton go full Pirates of the Caribbean #SNL— Stacey Nguyen (@yecats_nguyen) February 21, 2021Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. on NBCRead extra from Yahoo Entertainment