As we reported yesterday, Saturday Night Live dropped the first handful of guest hosts for season 45 of the show including the return of the one and only Eddie Murphy. With an announcement like that it was also imminent that announcements about the cast would be made shortly as well. This is usually the time of year where people leave as other sign on. The first major announcement about season 45’s cast is coming from TVLine, who has learned the futures of breakout star(s) Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Jones is out and McKinnon has extended her contract with the show for at least 1 more year.
Jones has decided to part ways with the show to follow other pursuits which for her include movies and a new Netflix special. She had been a cast member on the show since 2014. While her fellow cast member and Ghostbusters co-star Kate McKinnon has decided to stay for at least one more season. Many speculated that McKinnon would indeed leave the show this season after her initial contract expired in May. But to the glee of at least us, McKinnon returning is great news for season 45 of SNL! It will be bittersweet not having Jones around.
Update: The Wrap is also reporting that Alec Baldwin will no longer guest star on the show as Donald Trump. Baldwin previously stated in interviews that dropping in as Trump on SNL was a big time suck for him and he was starting to feel burnt out. We find this as good news as the frequency of the character had definitely run its course… to a TV watching audience and depending where you land politically, real life.