Matt Damon Honored His Late Father During His SNL Monologue With An Emotional Tribute ❤️

Matt Damon returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend, marking the last new episode of the year and Damon’s first turn hosting in 16 years. Rather than opening with the usual joke-filled monologue, however, Damon paid a moving tribute to his late father, Kent Damon, who died almost a year ago after a long battle with cancer.

Watch Damon’s heartfelt tribute, below.

Damon said:

“Growing up, my brother and I would go to my dad’s house every other weekend, and he told us if he could stay up until 1 a.m., we could 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 until the end. I probably didn’t get all the jokes, but I laughed at everything my dad laughed at.”

He continued:

“…nothing more important in the world than to laugh with the people that you love.”

And he closed with a toast:

“…all the moms and dads who let their kids stay up too late for all the right reasons. Cheers.”

Viewers thought Damon’s words were moving — and a refreshing change.

Many people could relate to his memories.

We weren’t crying. YOU WERE.

Thank you, Matt Damon, for reminding us what matters this holiday season.