NEW YORK — Live from New York, it’s… Donald Trump.
The presidential hopeful and billionaire businessman will host the sketch show next month, SNL announced Tuesdday, days before he’s set to take the stage in the latest Republican debate.
Trump’s episode, which will features musical guest “Chandelier” singer Sia, will air Nov. 7, three days ahead of the GOP debate in Milwaukee.
A bombastic candidate whose comments have deeply divided his supporters and detractors, Trump is no stranger to poking fun at himself. Before the last debate, he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and interviewed his “reflection” — portrayed by Fallon — in the mirror.
The last time Trump hosted SNL was in 2004 when he boasted about how “The Apprentice” — pulled from NBC this year in the wake of comments Trump made about Latinos — was No. 1 , and called himself a “ratings machine.”
“After just one season, I am about to become the highest-paid television personality in America,” Trump said in his monologue. “And as everyone in this room knows, ‘highest-paid’ means ‘best.'”
Late-night laughs seem to be a goal for presidential candidates this campaign cycle.
Last week, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton made a cameo on SNL, playing a bartender to Kate McKinnon’s impersonation of her.
Gov. Jeb Bush was one of Stephen Colbert’s first guests when Colbert took over “The Late Show.”
In their appearances, both Clinton and Bush took on Trump impersonations.
Recent polls of prospective voters show Trump leading or landing in second place among the crowded GOP field. His unlikely position being attributed to this “outsider” status among his politician competitors — a position also enjoyed by former Hewlett-Packer CEO Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.
In a general election, Clinton would beat Trump 49 percent to 39 percent, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released in late September.
CNN contributed to this report.