Matt Damon fights back tears on SNL as he pays emotional tribute to his father who died last year
Matt Damon did not go down the goofy road but chose to pay an emotional tribute to his late father Kent Damon who died last year.
Matt Damon hosted 'Saturday Night Live' for the second time in around 16 years on Sunday and the actor decided to pay tribute to his late father just one year after he passed away. Damon also recounted and fondly recalled memories of his father.
He spoke to the crowd at the start of the show and shared that his father used to tell him and his brother, Kyle Damon, as children that they could watch SNL if they were able to make to the late start time of the show. Damon shared, "So, week after week, I tried to stay up, and it wasn’t until I was 8 years old that I made it all the way to the end. I probably didn’t get all the jokes, but I laughed at everything that my dad laughed at."
"And although it was way past our bedtime, my dad knew there was nothing more important in the world than to laugh with the people that you love. My father passed away a year ago yesterday, and tonight my big brother is in Boston right now watching with his two boys, and all my kids are here, including my youngest [daughter Stella], who happens to be 8 years old," he said.
Then he injected a little humor into the sentimental story and shared, "So my wife [Luciana Barroso] and I told her that she can stay up all the way until 1 a.m. and she can watch Saturday Night Live. And she said, 'Who’s hosting?'" He then paused while audience had its laugh and continued, "And I said 'Me, your dad, Matt Damon' … and she said, 'Who’s the musical guest?'"
The father of four then proposed a toast and said, "Here’s to all the moms and dads who let their kids stay up too late for all the right reasons." Matt's father Kent Damon passed away last year on December 14 after battling cancer for many years, the actor's rep confirmed to the Globe.
At the time, Matt shared with 'Extra', "It’s been a slow unfolding, my dad’s sick, so that’s been a process we’re going through. We’ll take any prayers you got so throw ’em up there." Kent had suffered from a rare blood disease known as multiple myeloma, and his condition had worsened over time.