Last night, Saturday Night Live completed its 46th season. And while the show still felt the same as a viewer in many ways (aside from the good nights where they all wore masks), the COVID-19 protocols that were placed on the show definitely made it very different. But the room felt electric for the first time in months because it was the first time they had a full audience of vaccinated fans.
For last night’s cold open, the cast all reflected on some of these changes and just what it was like to do the show during the pandemic. Some of these memories include all the COVID precautions, getting a test done while locking eyes with Adele, why doctors don’t always make for the best audience for a comedy show, how adversity sharpens creativity, the unhooking (and rebooking and subsequent cancelling) of Morgan Wallen, and how messed up the world was when Chris Rock hosted back in September.
The cold open and other moments of the show alluded that it might be the last time for a few of its longtime cast members like Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, and Kenan Thompson. Giving the air that it might be the last time we see some of these players on stage, particularly McKinnon and Strong who seemed a bit choked up at different moments. Pete Davidson also appeared to have been saying his goodbyes.
While nothing is confirmed as of yet (and of course we think Kenan is leaving every year), it’s been a while since a major cast shakeup happened. Because let’s face it, 17 cast members is a lot. That’s almost one for every year that Kenan has been on the show).
Later in the show on Weekend Update, both Davidson and Strong seemed to further allude to their departures.
Then again, we thought some of the same cast members were departing last season as well.