Eli Manning ready to let loose on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1618 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kenan Thompson, Eli Manning -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)

Winning the Super Bowl? Piece of cake.

Hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend? New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning says he isn’t that nervous.

His brother Peyton, who won raves when he hosted in 2007, “said just enjoy the week,” Manning told reporters Wednesday. “He told me it’s a lot of fun. He told me that I’m used to being live in front of an audience.

“About 15 minutes before I got on this call, John Madden [another former host] called me and said, ‘The fun part is during the week and being with the cast.’ He said, ‘Just enjoy every moment and have a blast.’

“You get to express a different side people don’t see. I’ll be able to let loose. I don’t mind making fun of myself and letting the jokes be at my expense.”

“SNL” creator Lorne Michaels said we’ll know Sunday morning which is the funnier Manning.

“The good thing about athletes is they’re used to being in front of a large group of people,” he said, “and they don’t know how it will turn out.”

There’s been talk that “SNL” veterans Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis are ready to move on.

Who would fill fhe void? “I’m not really certain myself,” Michaels said. “I know there will be some [cast changes] – it’s sort of the nature of the way we work – but no one talks about it until the season is done. Needless to say I’d like everyone to stay. Did that avoid that question successfully?”

He’ll spend the offseason looking for new talent.

“Every summer we go out and make the rounds of Chicago, L.A. and New York,” Michaels said, “and invariably that leads to somebody new joining. The show has always been about bringing new people in.”

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