Kenan Thompson Says “SNL” Should End After Season 50

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Kenan Thompson hosts Apollo Theater Spring Benefit at The Apollo Theater on June 13, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/Getty Images)

Kenan Thompson is “Saturday Night Live”‘s longest-running cast member, having joined the present in 2003. But practically 20 years after becoming a member of the cast, he is pondering of leaving — and he additionally thinks it is likely to be time for the present to finish in the course of 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 a good number to stop at,” he stated. “That’s an incredible package.”

Back in (*50*) 2021, showrunner Lorne Michaels mentioned leaving when the present turns 50. “Well, I think I’m committed to doing the show until its 50th anniversary, which is three years from now,” Michaels advised CBS Morning. “And I feel like that would be a really good time to leave.”

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 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,” he stated. “So, if somebody tries to come into his shoes, you know, it’s a good opportunity for NBC to save money as well, you know what I’m saying? [NBC] might slash the budget and then at that point, you can’t really do the same kind of show. So that’s unfair to watch it just really go down kind of in flames for real because of those restrictions. . .Capping it at 50 might not be a bad idea.”

By that logic, “Saturday Night Live” 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, remains to be there — for now.

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