Kenan Thompson Ready To End ‘SNL’ After 50 Seasons


| LAST UPDATE 07/31/2022

By Arianna Morgan
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What is Saturday Night Live without Lorne Michaels? Well, we might have to find out sooner or later! According to the creator and producer behind the iconic show, he is "committed to doing the show until its 50th anniversary, which is in three years." However, it makes us wonder, is that really going to be it for the most iconic sketch show in television history? Here's what we know so far.

Michaels created the sketch show back in 1975, and through the years, the show has become home to many of the most hilarious and iconic comedians in Hollywood! Stars such as Seth Meyers, Molly Shannon, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Maya Rudolph, Eddie Murphy, and Tina Fey are some of the greatest names to come out of SNL - but there's one cast member who has become the longest-tenured comedian on the show that we all love and adore: Kenan Thompson. Thompson joined the show in 2003, but with the rumors of the show ending after season 50, he chimed in to let the people know what he thinks.

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On a recent episode of Comedy Central's H*ll of a Week, host Charlamagne tha God asked the comedian if there was truth to Michael's statement on leaving the show after its 50th season. Thompson quickly responded, "All right, well, I need to start planning," but then continued to share what he thinks is the right move for the show. "There could be a lot of validity to that rumor because 50 is a good number to stop at, you know what I'm saying? That's an incredible package. He will be, probably, close to 80 years old at that point, and you know, he's the one who's had his touch on the whole thing."

"So, if somebody tries to come into his shoes," Thompson shared on the difficulties of replacing Michaels, "You know it's a good opportunity for NBC to save money, as well, you know what I'm saying? So they might slash the budget, and then at that point, you can't really do the same kind of show." The hilarious comedian continued, "So that's unfair to watch it just really go down kind of in flames, like, for real, for real, because of those restrictions. So capping it at 50 might not be a bad idea, I don't know." Folks, it looks like we'll have to wait and see! Until then, stay tuned.

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