- Colin Jost, who first joined Saturday Night Live in 2005, replaced Seth Meyers as a co-host on "Weekend Update" in 2014.
- After working together on-and-off on SNL, Colin and actress Scarlett Johansson made things official in 2017.
- The couple announced their engagement in May 2019.
Saturday Night Live is loved by many because it brings the laughs. For Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost, however, SNL is more meaningful than that: It's the place where their love story began. The couple first met while the actress was appearing on the late-night sketch show nearly a decade ago. While it took some time for their paths to cross again, the wait was worth it: In May 2019, Colin and Scarlett announced they were engaged after more than two years of dating.
Now, get a play-by-play of the couple's budding romance, including some of their sweetest moments they've shared on Saturday Night Live over the years.
November 2010: Scarlett and Colin work together for the first time on SNL.
Even though, they were both in committed relationships with other actors (Scarlett was married to Ryan Reynolds, and Colin Jost was dating Rashida Jones) at the time, the two first met during a parody sketch in 2010. As a way to combine the popular MTV shows Teen Mom and My Super Sweet Sixteen, Scarlett played a teen mom giving birth at her birthday party — and let's just say that hilarity ensued.
We soon came to find out that Colin was the writer behind the parody. While sparks didn't fly between the two, his confidence and writing skills grabbed her attention. "He seemed very confident at the time. I don't know if he felt that way, but in that environment, if you're not confident as a writer, your stuff just never gets produced," she reflected in The Hollywood Reporter in 2019.
But Colin remembers things a bit differently: The SNL star recalls working with the actress years prior. "The first time she hosted was the first year I was a writer on the show," Colin told Entertainment Tonight. "So, we've kind of known each other since then ... she's the best."
Summer 2017: The pair starts quietly dating.
After reports that fellow SNL star Kate McKinnon set them up, Colin and Scarlett were spotted on a date in July 2017. This was just a few months after Scarlett divorced her second husband Romain Dauriac, who shares custody of their young daughter, Rose.
September 2017: Colin publicly discusses their relationship.
All eyes — and ears — were on Colin when he walked the red carpet at the 2017 Emmys. When asked about his reported relationship with Scarlett, the "Weekend Update" co-host gushed to Entertainment Tonight: "She's wonderful. She's working, so otherwise, she'd be here. She's pretty cool ... It's hard to have a lot of complaints, she's pretty awesome."
A few months later, the couple made their first public appearance together at the American Museum of Natural History Gala.
Things really became official when the two were spotted holding hands during Kevin Hart's closing monologue in December of that year. Earlier that night, Scarlett reprised her role as Ivanka Trump in a now-viral sketch.
May 2019: The couple confirms their engagement.
After nearly two years of dating, Scarlett's publicist confirmed that the pair was engaged. Even though they've kept most of their relationship private (aside from the occasional red carpet walks), Scarlett couldn't help but share details of the exciting moment with Ellen DeGeneres. "He killed it. He did a whole James Bond situation. He's got a lot behind that news desk that he's hiding," she said. "More than anything, when someone tells you they want to spend the rest of their life with you, it's a lovely and special thing."
The actress debuted her engagement ring at Comic-Con in July 2019. The 11-carat ring, which was designed by James de Givenchy of Taffin, is reportedly worth $450,000.
December 2019: Scarlett confesses Colin is "the love of my life" on SNL.
And now, for the moment everyone's been waiting for: While hosting SNL, Scarlett gave a sweet shoutout to her husband-to-be — and to the show itself for being the reason why they ended up together. "I just want to say that this place means so much to me. I have so many friends here and I met the love of my life here," Scarlett said.
As far as we know, the couple is just embracing this special time (along with Scarlett's numerous movie nominations) before tackling wedding planning. On the SAG Awards red carpet, Scarlett mentioned that she's simply "trying to get through this next month." Now that award show season is over, it looks like we can expect wedding updates in the near future!
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