August 28, 2008 / 5:32 AM / in 10 years

Phelps to host Saturday Night Live

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Swimmer Michael Phelps’ victory lap on NBC continues, with the Olympian champion booked to make his acting debut on the 34th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.”

Michael Phelps of the U.S. poses with his eighth gold medal in swimming at the National Aquatics Center during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 17, 2008. REUTERS/David Gray

Phelps will host the sketch comedy series when it begins its new season September 13 with musical guest Lil Wayne.

NBC has banked on viewer interest in Phelps continuing beyond his successful quest to win eight gold medals at the Beijing Summer Games. Phelps is a guest on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on September 8, and the network picked up the broadcast rights to the 2009 World Swimming Championship, in which Phelps will compete.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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