Watch: Matt Damon Salutes Late Father in 'Saturday Night Live' Opening
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Guest hosting the variety show's Christmas episode, the 'Downsizing' star proposes a toast to 'all the moms and dads who let their kids stay up too late for all the right reasons'.

AceShowbiz - Matt Damon paid tribute to his late father as he opened the "Saturday Night Live" Christmas episode at the weekend, December 15, recalling the times he was allowed to stay up late to watch the sketch comedy show as a kid.

Making his second appearance as guest host, the movie star explained his dad passed away a year and a day ago and "SNL" was a very special part of their relationship.

"My brother and I would go to my dad's house every other weekend and he told us, 'If you can stay up to 1am you can watch 'Saturday Night Live'', so week after week I tried to stay up and it wasn't until I was eight years old that I made it all the way to the end," Matt explained.

"I probably didn't get all the jokes but I laughed at everything my dad laughed at and although it was way past our bedtime, my dad knew that there was nothing more important in the world than to laugh with people that you love."

He added, "Tonight, my big brother is in Boston, watching with his two boys and all my kids are here, including my youngest, who happens to be eight years old."

"The Bourne Ultimatum" star then picked up a flute of champagne and toasted "all the moms and dads who let their kids stay up too late for all the right reasons."

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