SNL has been going through a period of high turnover, and the news just keeps rolling in on more. Reported by TMZ, long-time cast member Kenan Thompson will be leaving the show after season 40. It was reported that Thompson was planning on leaving after the last season, but was asked to stay on by Lorne Michaels due to the recent turnover in the cast. Thompson is currently the show’s most seasoned performer, having been with the show since 2003. Thompson is best known for his characters like Diondre Cole, Jean K. Jean, Lorenzo McIntosh, and his impressions of Al Sharpton, Jimmy McMillan, and Bill Cosby (to name a few).
Recently, former writer Michael Che was brought back as the new co-anchor of Weekend Update. With Thompson on the way out, I wouldn’t be surprised if Che finds his way into a few sketches. Thompson’s depature will leave quite a hole at SNL; expect more additions this year.
The season 40 premiere airs this Saturday.