Kenan Thompson Says SNL Ought to Finish After Season 50

Kenan Thompson is “Saturday Evening Dwell”‘s longest-running forged member, having joined the present in 2003. However almost 20 years after becoming a member of the forged, he is considering of leaving — and he additionally thinks it may be time for the present to finish throughout the 2024-25 season.

In a July 29 interview with Charlamagne tha God on Comedy Central’s “Hell of a Week,” Thompson mentioned the present’s potential finish. “Fifty is an effective quantity to cease at,” he stated. “That is an unimaginable package deal.”

Again in December 2021, showrunner Lorne Michaels mentioned leaving when the present turns 50. “Nicely, I believe I am dedicated to doing the present till its fiftieth anniversary, which is three years from now,” Michaels instructed CBS Morning. “And I really feel like that may be a extremely good time to go away.”

Thompson addressed the concept that Michaels may exit the present within the interview, expressing his fears about what may occur if or when the present’s creator departs. “He will probably be, most likely, near 80 years outdated at that time, and, , he is the one who’s had his contact on the entire thing,” he stated. “So, if any person tries to come back into his sneakers, , it is a good alternative for NBC to save cash as properly, what I am saying? [NBC] may slash the finances, after which at that time, you’ll be able to’t actually do the identical form of present. In order that’s unfair to observe it simply actually go down form of in flames for actual due to these restrictions . . . Capping it at 50 may not be a foul thought.”

By that logic, “Saturday Evening Dwell” would have three seasons left. The present’s forty eighth season returns within the fall of 2022, although its cast will look a bit different — Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson and Aidy Bryant all departed after the forty seventh season. Thompson, after all, continues to be there — for now.

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