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The small screen heartthrob debuted his fresh-faced look on US show Saturday Night Live and explained that the new aesthetic was for a Winston Churchill sketch.
“I’ve just shaved my beard so this is more of a pre-pubescent Jon Snow,” the 32-year-old joked. “This is Jon Snow if he suddenly played for the Yankees.”
But fans, who fell head over heels for a rugged Snow over a decade ago, were less than impressed with some taking to Twitter to voice their disappointment.
One described Harington’s new look as an “utter travesty” while another simply described it as “offensive”.
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A third social media user wrote, “Kit Harington’s attractiveness really is reliant on that beard, huh?”
Thoughts on Kit Harington’s no beard debut on #SNL?
Okay, I’ll start: no.
— alyssa (@alwaysalyssaaa) April 7, 2019
Im suing SNL for having kit harington shave his beard. This is an utter travesty
— no (@daddyyy098) April 7, 2019
Kit Harington shaved his beard, now imma go cry till it grows back
— nav (@NavjitSingh19) April 7, 2019
Kit Harington without the beard is just offensive
— yup. (@Renzo_Nessa) April 7, 2019
Kit Harington showing up at @nbcsnl without a beard is giving me trust issues
— Michelle Reichmeier (@ItsMeesh08) April 7, 2019
Kit Harington [hosting #snl]: look, i shaved off my beard!
Every woman on earth: pic.twitter.com/ooqEMbf4Nm
— Erin Auci (@erina58) April 7, 2019
Kit Harington’s gonna need to uh grow that beard back
— Alexa Abdalla (@lex_abdalla) April 7, 2019
I slightly remember my boyfriend waking me up in the middle of the night to tell me Kit Harington is ugly without a beard
— debbie (@lum0s_nox) April 7, 2019
— Magnolia Blossom 🌼 (@OrdinaryCharlie) April 7, 2019
kit harington’s attractiveness really is reliant on that beard huh
— becks (@beckamae_) April 7, 2019
Kit Harington without a beard makes me uncomfortable.
— Nichole (@_loveNicholee) April 7, 2019
me: wow kit harington is so attractive 😍😍😍
kit harington: *shaves his beard and does an american accent*
me: I’ve never been more disgusted in my life
— a time for wolves 🐺 (@themollyjeanne) April 7, 2019
But even his new wife and ‘Game of Thrones’ co-star, Rose Leslie, was unsure about his beard-free appearance.
The actress interrupted his Saturday Night Live monologue to ask what all fans were thinking, “How soon can you grow back that beard?”