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Kerry Washington Tackles "SNL"

"Scandal" star Kerry Washington takes a crack at hosting "Saturday Night Live this weekend.
NBC News -- "Scandal" star Kerry Washington takes a crack at hosting "Saturday Night Live this weekend.

For a native New Yorker like Washington, "SNL" has special meaning.

"SNL is like part of my fiber. It's a part of New York, it's a part of television history," she says.

That makes hosting the show for the first time an even bigger thrill.

"It's very cool to be here and to join in all the legacy of people who've been on the show and to try to up hold that history," Washington says.

It also gives Washington a break from the fictional white house shenanigans on "Scandal" that earned her an Emmy nomination.

Going for laughs is a big change.

"The people that do SNL are people who've worked their whole life on being funny. So, I'm thinking of this as funny boot camp week," she says.

Still, doing comedy may be less of a challenge for Washington than staying calm around the show's musical guest, Eminem.

"I feel like he's the kind of guy where you have to play it cool when you meet him, so I'm going to stop telling people how much I worship him, so that it doesn't become weird when I meet him," she says.

Coming up later in November "SNL" has some more first time hosts on the way.

Lady Gaga will be the rookie host and third-time musical guest on November 16th.

A week later, "Hunger Games" co-star Josh Hutcherson will be host, with Haim as musical guest.

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