Enjoy the next few months of Kenan Thompson, as it has been reported that after Season 40 has concluded, there is a possibility that he is leaving Saturday Night Live
Thompson, one of the most recognizable and iconic members of the current SNL cast, is the longest-serving current castmember, with Season 40 being his eleventh overall season, and the fourth longest serving in history (he is tied with Fred Armisen with 11 seasons each, with Seth Meyers being in third position and Al Franken second. Darrell Hammond holds the record for longest-serving cast-member, and he will only be breaking that record when he returns as the show's new announcer this season)
Thompson reportedly wanted to leave at the end of the previous season, but was asked by Lorne Michaels to stick around to help ease the long-running show into its new phase, with new cast-members being added and veteran performers departing.
However, the reports must be taken with a pinch of salt, as cast departures are rarely ever announced at the beginning of the season, and it seems unlikely that Thompson would make such a concrete decision about leaving the show before the new season even starts. However, considering his recent comments about a lack of diversity on the show, and over a decade of performing on the show, it may be entirely possible that Thompson is leaving Studio 8H sometime soon. Or he could stick around and break Hammond's record - its only three more seasons after all.
Saturday Night Live's landmark fortieth season will premiere THIS Saturday (September 27th) with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande.
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