Saturday Night Live: Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon And More Likely To Leave American Television Show!
The comedian is set to sign off for good on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, where he has become one of the youngest cast members in the last eight seasons since joining Lorne Michaels sketch comedy. Cast members Kate McKinnon, Eddie Bryant and Kyle Mooney are expected to announce their departure with Davidson during the season 47 finale of SNL, hosted by Natasha Leon (Russian doll) and during a musical guest Japanese breakfast feature.
The news comes just days after Davidson appeared on NBCUniversal’s advance presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers to introduce his new Peacock comedy, Bupkis. The series, inspired by his life, is produced by Michaels and SNL Mastermind’s NBC Universal-based Broadway video.
Reps for Saturday Night Live and NBC did not immediately respond to THR’s request for comment.
SNL has always cycled through its long-term top talent as many of its breakouts have gone to other projects. In recent years, however, Michaels has shown an increased willingness to devote time to other projects, from sketch comedy to the stars he needs – many of which he also created.
Pete Davidson, who joined SNL at the age of 20 as a relative unknown, has become one of its biggest stars and an internet favorite. (He is currently dating Kim Kardashian, after hosting social media star and influential SNL).
Several times Emmy winner for her work on SNL, McKinnon joined the cast with Bryant in 2012. Mooney has been with SNL since 2013.
SNL usually confirms cast exits and new additions during the fall, just before the summer or its upcoming season. In recent years, speculation has centered on the situation of McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong and Bryant.
It is noteworthy that Thompson, a longtime cast member of SNL, recently teamed up with Michaels on NBC’s Kanan, which was canceled a few seasons later. Bryant also worked with Michaels on Hulu’s recently finished Shrill, while SNL boss Strong made Apple TV + comedy Schmigadoon.