Ryan Gosling almost saved jazz on 'SNL' until Emma Stone showed up

Ryan Gosling saving jazz in La La Land is inarguably the Oscar-winning film’s greatest legacy, and certainly one of Gosling’s — thanks to him we have jazz, because he saved it — and Gosling used his Saturday Night Live season-premiere monologue to remind us of his jazz-saving.

But like every jazz-savior’s tale, this one ended in a blue-note twist.

“I was like, me? Ryan Gosling, a white kid from Canada, I saved jazz?,” Gosling said, before taking a turn at the piano to keep saving jazz, and further saving jazz by jazz-splaining jazz to the jazz musicians playing jazz behind him.

“Jazz just isn’t just about the notes you play,” he said. “It’s about the notes you don’t play. Man I’m so glad I saved jazz.”

He jazz-splained that on that first day of shooting Blade Runner 2049, co-star Harrison Ford asked him, “What is jazz?”

Gosling said he informed Ford that jazz was born in New Orleans. “Or as it’s correctly pronounced, N’erlins,” Gosling said. “From N’erlins, it moved on to Chicagy. And then N-Y-C-C.”

Keenan Thompson had seen enough, interrupting Gosling to explain that he probably definitely didn’t save jazz. 

But it was Emma Stone whose intervention finally slammed the door on this nonsense.

“Can I speak to you for just a second?,” the surprise cameo guest said, giving us serious La La Land flashbacks with her very presence. “What are you doing? Ryan, you didn’t save jazz. How many times have we talked about this? Because you didn’t save jazz.”

Then she took a long drag on the Parliament, exhaled, hand-on-hip. 

“WE saved jazz.”

“Isn’t that right NYC-City?”

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