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SNL's Mike Myers outs Ryan Gosling as Canadian

Saturday Night Live took a very Canadian turn last night during its opening monologue when guest host Ryan Gosling was outed as being, well, Canadian.

Saturday Night Live alumnus Myers tells host Gosling to be proud of his Canadian heritage

Ryan Gosling pretends to disown his Canadian roots on SNL's opening monologue while Mike Myers reminds him about "our hunky new prime minister Trudeau and Sir Justin Bieber."

Saturday Night Live took a very Canadian turn last night during its opening monologue when guest host Ryan Gosling sang about Molson beer, the seal hunt and tuques. 

Gosling began the show by telling the audience it was great to be back in his hometown of New York City for the holidays. 

(The Canadian actor has said in interviews that he's developed a "phoney" Marlon Brando-like accent over the years that he just can't shake.)

SNL cast member Cecily Strong quickly interrupted Gosling to point out that he's actually from Cornwall, Ont. 

"Not everyone is a big fan of immigrants right now so I'm not sure I want to be shouting it from the rafters," the actor quipped. 

He added that he's very proud to be Canadian, but said he's more likely to be accepted as a dramatic actor if he hides his Canadian roots. 

"People don't really think of Canada that way; they just think of it as America's hat," he said. 

'Our hunky new prime minister Trudeau'

Gosling was then joined on stage by fellow Canadian and SNL alumnus Mike Myers.

Myers, who was sporting a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, told Gosling Canadians have plenty to be proud of — like "our hunky new Prime Minister Trudeau," Degrassi Junior High and "Sir Justin Bieber."

When Gosling apologized to Myers for downplaying his Canadian-ness, the comic wasn't in a rush to accept. 

"Sarry?" said Myers, over-emphasizing Gosling's American pronunciation of the word. 

The pair then broke out in a Canadian Christmas song, complete with a cameo appearance from Bonhomme, the mascot of the Quebec Winter Carnival. 

"From Ottawa to Manitoba, Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia, there's a feeling in the air," the duo sang.

"Santa's coming don't you pout, it's time to break the Molsons out. We'll club some seals and then we'll shout, that's what Canadian Christmas is a-boot."


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