This September will Marking the record twentieth season of Kenan Thompson in “SNLBut he’s not sure how long that will last.
Not that Thompson wants to leave, but he can see a future where the long-running variety show is no longer on the air — and it might be faster than you think.
The 44-year-old comedian recently appeared on Charlemagne God Show “Hell Of A Week” Interview He addressed long-standing rumors that “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels May leave the show After its fiftieth anniversary season in 2024-25.
Thompson, the longest-running cast member in the show’s history, believes Michaels’ departure could logically mean the end of the show itself – and he agrees.
“There can be a lot of truth to this rumor, because 50 is a good number to stop at,” Thompson continued. “That’s an incredible package. He’ll be, probably, close to 80 at that point, and you know, he’s the one who’s had his touch on everything.”
Thompson believes Michaels’ departure may give NBC an excuse to “cut the budget” — and that could affect the quality.
“At that point, you can’t really do the same kind of show,” Thompson said. “So it’s unfair to watch it kind of really burn out because of those restrictions… It might not be a bad idea to stop it at 50,” he said.
“[Michaels] It’s such a myth that it keeps those companies from being wolves, if you will,” said Thompson. “They spend a lot of money on this show every week. It’s an expensive show, but it’s something unique.”
Michaels started the ‘max at 50’ rumors last December when He told CBS He is committed to “SNL” until the 50th anniversary.
“I have a feeling it’s going to be a really fun time to leave,” Michaels said. “But here’s the point: I wouldn’t want the show to be bad at all. I care deeply about it. It’s been the work of my life. So, I’m going to do everything I can to see it go on and on and on well.”
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