This September will celebrate Kenan Thompson’s record breaking 20th season on “SNLbut he’s not sure how long it will last.
It’s not that Thompson wants to leave, but he sees a future where the longtime variety show is no longer on the air – and it could be sooner than you think.
44 year old comedian recently appeared on Charlaman of God Interview show “Hell Week” where he addressed long-standing rumors that “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels may leave the show after the 50th anniversary season 2024-2025
Thompson, the longest-serving cast member in the show’s history, believes Michaels’ departure could logically spell the end of the show itself, and he agrees.
“There could be a lot of ground in this rumor because 50 is a good number to stop at,” Thompson continued. “It’s an incredible package. He’s probably going to be around 80 at the time, and you know, he’s the one who touched it all.”
Thompson believes that Michaels’ departure could give NBC a reason to “cut the budget” – and that could affect the quality.
“At this point, you can’t do that type of show,” Thompson said. “So it’s not fair to watch him really burn out because of these restrictions… A 50 cap might not be a bad idea,” he said.
“[Michaels] it’s such a legend that he scares off these corporate wolves, if you will,” Thompson said. “They spend a lot of money on this show every week. It’s an expensive show, but it’s one of a kind.”
Michaels started rumors about his 50th birthday last December when he told CBS that he is committed to “SNL” until his 50th birthday.
“I have a feeling now is the time to leave,” Michaels said. “But here’s the thing: I don’t want the show to ever be bad. I care too much about this. It was my life’s work. So I will do everything in my power to keep it going and going well.”