VIDEO: Robert De Niro & Sylvester Stallone Make Guest Appearance on SNL
"Saturday Night Live" host John Goodman was joined by surprise guests Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone this weekend. In a holiday-themed skit about the "Three Wise Guys," the stars of "Grudge Match" joined this week's host on a trip through the desert to visit the baby Jesus, and share some gossip about him as well.
Hailing from Long Island and New Jersey and dressed in warm-up suits and gold chains, the trio poked fun at everything from their camel transportation to the iconic Biblical figure himself.
"You know what? I hear his father's in construction," Stallone said to his fellow travelers at one point.
"Yeah, Little Joey from Nazareth. He's all grown up!" Goodman added.
"Yeah, but I heard the kid might not be his!" De Niro buzzed. And when questioned about where he heard that juicy tidbit, he replied, "I know a couple of angels. I hear things, OK? You know, relax!"
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