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Did Scarlett Johansson Force Colin Jost To Leave ‘Saturday Night Live’?

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Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame"

By Andrew Shuster |

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame"

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Scarlett Johansson hasn’t forced Colin Jost to leave Saturday Night Live, but one year ago today, a tabloid wrongly reported that would be the case. Gossip Cop debunked the story when it was published this time last year. Time has proven it false.

On November 22, 2018, Gossip Cop busted Star for falsely claiming Johansson was making Jost quit SNL to focus more on their relationship. According to the magazine, the actress gave the comedian an ultimatum to give up his career so he could travel with her while she’s on location shooting movies. An alleged source told the outlet that Jost was willing to give up his gig as the sketch show’s head writer and Weekend Update anchor because “as much as he loves SNL, he loves her more.”

As Gossip Cop noted last year, the premise didn’t make much sense. Johansson lives with Jost in New York City, where SNL is taped. The actress only had one film lined up at the time, a standalone movie centered around her Avengers character Black Widow. The Marvel movie ended up filming from late May until early October of this year. Jost happened to be off work during the majority of that stretch as SNL was on hiatus. Regardless, Johansson never issued any sort of ultimatum for him to quit his job, as a source close to actress assured us last year.

In the time since we corrected the phony story, Johansson and Jost got engaged and the comedian is still on SNL. In fact, the actress has accompanied her fiancé to many of the show’s afterparties. Earlier this week, it was announced that Johansson will be hosting SNL in December. Far from forcing Jost to quit the sketch show, she’ll be appearing on it with him.

Of course, we’re not at all surprised that the tabloid was so off-base. Just days before Johansson and Jost announced their engagement this past May, the outlet insisted they were “calling it quits.” That bogus article even suggested the actress was cheating on him, but the fake narrative was as poorly-timed as it gets. Instead of splitting, the newly-engaged couple is headed down the aisle.

In August, Star ignored it’s previous breakup story and pretended to know the details of the couple’s upcoming wedding. The tabloid insisted Johansson and Jost were getting married on a hotel rooftop in New York City in the fall. Gossip Cop debunked the made-up report, and as we approach the end of the year, the couple doesn’t appear to have a ceremony in the works just yet. It’s safe to say the publication knows nothing about the couple’s relationship.

Sources

Shuster, Andrew. "Scarlett Johansson Wants Colin Jost To Quit ‘Saturday Night Live’?" Gossip Cop, 22 Nov. 2018.

Evans, Greg. "Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ In December." Deadline, 20 Nov. 2019.

Shuster, Andrew. "Tabloid Claimed Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost Were ‘Calling It Quits’ Days Before Engagement." Gossip Cop, 21 May 2019.