Kenan Thompson Considers Leaving ‘SNL’ at Lorne Michaels Exit – NBCNEWS

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Saturday Night Live has been a constant comedic presence on late night television since its 1975 premiere. So much so that fans may have believed that there would never be a definitive end to it. But not everyone, especially some of those involved in the show, shares that feeling. Creator Lorne Michaels suggested back in December that SNL could have its right end after the 50-year mark. It seems the longest-running cast member on the show has a similar opinion.

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This Friday July 29th Kenan Thompson went on Hell of a week and in conversation with host Charlamagne Tha God the two discussed the rumors surrounding Michael’s potential retirement after turning 80 in three seasons. Discussing Thompson’s appearance first on Mike Tyson‘s podcast, then jump to the topic of SNL and Chris RockCharlamagne called “white famous” as a black man and a cast member, eventually rumored to end SNL after reaching the 50-year milestone.


“Is that the rumor?” Thompson asked, “Okay. Well, I have to start planning.” After some laughter and good humor, the veteran cast member got serious about tackling the subject. “I mean, that rumor could have a lot of validity,” Thompson said, “because 50 is a good number to consider, you know what I mean?”

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Michaels continued at the end of last year CBS morningis with Gayle King and explained his stance: “I think I’m committed to doing the show until the 50th anniversary, which is three years from now. I’d love to see that go through, and I feel like this would be a really good time to leave.” With this still hypothetical decision, SNL would have its last season in 2024-2025.

Of Michaels, who has been producing SNL since its inception, Thompson said, “He’s the one who went through the whole thing.” From the cast’s point of view, without Michaels, it wouldn’t be possible to continue “the same kind of show.” He corrected that he didn’t mean the show couldn’t go on, but rather that without its beloved creator, SNL could be attacked by what the comedian called “corporate wolves.”

Thompson has been a part of the NBC comedy sketch show since 2003. He has been nominated for 4 Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on SNL, one of which he won. While thinking about the future, Charlamagne Thompson asked about his projects. The SNL star doesn’t seem concerned about future prospects as he owns his production company and his dream of being a producer and putting people to work.

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