Jonathan Cheban in NYC to support Kim Kardashian on SNL


Jonathan Cheban hit the red carpet for the No Time To Die screening in New York City on Thursday evening.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians guest star, who goes by FoodGod, had recently flew in from Florida specifically to support his close pal Kim Kardashian as she hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend, a source told DailyMail.com exclusively. 

‘Kim is really apprehensive about it and wants people there she trusts who can have her back and make her feel like this is a fun experience and not some massive hurdle,’ the insider shared on Friday.

A Bond fan: Jonathan Cheban hit the red carpet for the No Time To Die screening in New York City on Thursday evening

For his pal: The Keeping Up With The Kardashians guest star, who goes by FoodGod, had recently flew in from Florida specifically to support his close pal Kim Kardashian as she hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend, a source told DailyMail.com exclusively

For his pal: The Keeping Up With The Kardashians guest star, who goes by FoodGod, had recently flew in from Florida specifically to support his close pal Kim Kardashian as she hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend, a source told DailyMail.com exclusively

Kardashian and Cheban have been friends for nearly 15 years, and he was there when she first became famous from KUWTK, telling her how to pose and how to deal with photographers, they admitted during a joint 2020 interview. 

The insider also shared that Kim, 40, is a bit worried all will not go well as she takes the famed stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, which has been graced by comedic giants such as Melissa McCarthy and Eddie Murphy.

‘She really hopes she does not bomb, but if she does she will just laugh it off. So she wants a team with her to help her laugh,’ said the source. ‘Jonathan makes her laugh, he lightens the mood.’

He is always there for his pal: 'Kim is really apprehensive about it and wants people there she trusts who can have her back and make her feel like this is a fun experience and not some massive hurdle,' the insider shared on Friday; Kim and Jonathan in 2014

He is always there for his pal: ‘Kim is really apprehensive about it and wants people there she trusts who can have her back and make her feel like this is a fun experience and not some massive hurdle,’ the insider shared on Friday; Kim and Jonathan in 2014 

They have a past: Kardashian and Cheban have been friends for nearly 15 years, and he was there when she first became famous from KUWTK, telling her how to pose and how to deal with photographers, they admitted during a joint 2020 interview

They have a past: Kardashian and Cheban have been friends for nearly 15 years, and he was there when she first became famous from KUWTK, telling her how to pose and how to deal with photographers, they admitted during a joint 2020 interview

And it was added that the gig is a longtime dream for the KKW Beauty and Fragrance mogul.

‘Hosting SNL is on her bucket list and she’s going for it, she is not going to let her nerves get the best of her,’ added the insider.

Kim has been taking a lot of risks lately; also this year she has voiced an animated character in the Paw Patrol movie.

A new path: The insider also shared that Kim, 40, is a bit worried all will not go well as she takes the famed stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza which has been graced by comedic giants such as Melissa McCarthy and Eddie Murphy

A new path: The insider also shared that Kim, 40, is a bit worried all will not go well as she takes the famed stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza which has been graced by comedic giants such as Melissa McCarthy and Eddie Murphy 

‘Ever since she turned 40 last year Kim has a new attitude, she is more fearless,’ said the source. ‘So when she as asked to host SNL she agreed. Ten years ago she would have said no way.’ 

It is the beauty’s first time hosting the show, which has for years made fun of her and her sisters on KUWTK.

Kim’s mother Kris Jenner is also likely to be there. On Thursday Kris shared a promo clip and wrote to Instagram: ‘So excited for this!! Tune in to watch @kimkardashian on SNL @nbcsnl at 11:30p EST tomorrow night!! #SNL @iamhalsey.’

On Friday TMZ reported that Kim has enlisted some big name comedy stars to guide her.

Nerves: 'She really hopes she does not bomb, but if she does she will just laugh it off. So she wants a team with her to help her laugh,' said the source

Nerves: ‘She really hopes she does not bomb, but if she does she will just laugh it off. So she wants a team with her to help her laugh,’ said the source

Go for it Kim! And it was added that the gig is a longtime dream for the KKW Beauty and Fragrance mogul. 'Hosting SNL is on her bucket list and she's going for it, she is not going to let her nerves get the best of her,' added the insider who also said Kim has been taking a lot of risks lately; also this year she has voiced an animated character in the Paw Patrol movie

Go for it Kim! And it was added that the gig is a longtime dream for the KKW Beauty and Fragrance mogul. ‘Hosting SNL is on her bucket list and she’s going for it, she is not going to let her nerves get the best of her,’ added the insider who also said Kim has been taking a lot of risks lately; also this year she has voiced an animated character in the Paw Patrol movie 

Ellen DeGeneres – a longtime friend of the Kim’s – Dave Chappelle, Michelle Wolf, Amy Schumer and James Corden have all been prepping the mother-of-four.

They have been giving her ‘tips’ on what to include in her monologue and ‘how to perform certain skits and nail comedic delivery.’

The site added that she has ‘been very open’ to ideas from SNL’s Lorne Michaels.

So far the SNL team members have been ‘impressed’ with how well Kim is doing with the material.   

Ellen is there for her! TMZ said Ellen DeGeneres (seen right), Dave Chappelle, Michelle Wolf, , Amy Schumer and James Corden have all been prepping the mother-of-four

Ellen is there for her! TMZ said Ellen DeGeneres (seen right), Dave Chappelle, Michelle Wolf, , Amy Schumer and James Corden have all been prepping the mother-of-four

She has already been seen at rehearsals in both an all pink outfit and an all black outfit. 

In her promos for SNL, Kim has used her married name Kim Kardashian West, making fans wonder if she has slowed her divorce from Kanye West and perhaps wants to get back together with him.

This comes after word that West, 44, was ‘quietly advising’ Kim ahead of her SNL appearance this weekend, giving her notes on her ‘performance, her opening monologue, even her costumes for the show.’

What's in a name: Kim insiders previously told TMZ the star intends to keep using 'West' because she feels 'it's important for her to keep the same last name as her four children. She's seen in snaps from rehearsals above

What’s in a name: Kim insiders previously told TMZ the star intends to keep using ‘West’ because she feels ‘it’s important for her to keep the same last name as her four children. She’s seen in snaps from rehearsals above

Kim insiders previously told TMZ the star intends to keep using ‘West’ because she feels ‘it’s important for her to keep the same last name as her four children.

Kanye has been integral to the bombshell’s styling through the years, and it was previously reported the pair would continue to work together on creative projects despite ending their marriage. 

Kim and Kanye reportedly have a ‘working relationship’ but are showing few signs they’ll get back together. 

Kanye is said to still be ‘styling’ his estranged wife, and the pair are also co-parenting their four children, North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, three, and Psalm, two.

In the spotlight: In the promo Kim wowed in a plush black velvet turtleneck and gloves while joking around with Halsey and Cecily Strong

In the spotlight: In the promo Kim wowed in a plush black velvet turtleneck and gloves while joking around with Halsey and Cecily Strong 

An insider told Us Weekly magazine: ‘They have a more of a friendship and working relationship as they coparent. They’re not back together. 

‘[Kim] will be involved with Kanye’s work ventures and he will be involved with hers.’

Meanwhile, Kim is said to be ‘nervous’ but excited to prove herself on stage.

‘Its a big challenge but she is determined to be a success,’ an insider told Fox News. 

Although there’s buzz about the reality star’s SNL debut, actress Debra Messing questioned why Kim is hosting the legendary show.

The Will & Grace star asked fans if she was ‘missing something’ after the announcement, as while Kim is a ‘cultural icon’, those who front the program are usually ‘performers.’

On good terms: Kanye has been integral to the bombshell's styling through the years, and it was previously reported the pair would continue to work together on creative projects despite ending their marriage. The former couple is seen in 2019 above

On good terms: Kanye has been integral to the bombshell’s styling through the years, and it was previously reported the pair would continue to work together on creative projects despite ending their marriage. The former couple is seen in 2019 above

She wrote on Twitter: ‘Why Kim Kardashian? I mean, I know she is a cultural icon, but SNL has hosts, generally, who are performers who are there to promote a film, TV show, or album launch. Am I missing something?’

SNL is hoping Kardashian is a big draw for viewers, especially following the rocky start to season 47.

According to Nielsen data obtained by The Wrap, last weekend’s Saturday Night Live drew a 3.5 household rating.

The numbers were about the same as the final two Season 46 episodes, but down 35% from the Season 46 debut. 

The show does, however, typically suffer a post-election year slump, in part explaining the decline. 

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