“Saturday Night Live” should end after Lorne Michaels departs, according to Kenan Thompson

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Many have been speculating about how long NBC would opt to continue airing Saturday Night Live as it enters its 48th season, particularly since its creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels, 77, continues to live past his retirement age.

On Charlamagne Tha God’s “Hell of a Week” podcast, cast member Kenan Thompson said that when Saturday Night Live celebrates its 50th anniversary in the 2024–2025 season, it could be a good idea to stop the show. The conversation was sparked by rumors that Michaels could decide to stop producing the program at this point.

According to rumors, the program will stop after its 50th season because Mr. Lorne Michaels won’t continue hosting it after turning 80. Is that accurate? Charlamagne enquired about Thompson.

That’s the rumor, right? Thomas retorted. “Okay, I should begin planning now.”

With the exception of a five-year stint in the middle of the 1980s, Michaels has been the showrunner of SNL from its start.

Given that 50 is a nice place to stop, Thompson added, “That rumor may have a lot of merits.” “Wow, what a fantastic gift. He will most likely be close to 80 years old by then, and he is the one who has had the most influence on everything.

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Therefore, if someone were to try to walk in his shoes, you know, it’s a wonderful chance for NBC to save money as well, you see what I’m saying? If [NBC] cuts the budget, you won’t be able to produce the same sort of show. Therefore, it’s unjust to witness it essentially burn to the ground due to those limits. It would not be a terrible idea to cap it at 50, he said.

Thompson said, “[Michaels] is such a legend that he keeps off those corporate wolves if you will. “They spend a lot of money each week on that show. Although pricey, the performance is unique.

Michaels has mentioned that he could step down as showrunner in 2025, although he made no mention of NBC discontinuing the program completely.

In December 2021, Michaels stated, “You know, I think I’m committed to continuing this program until its 50th anniversary, which is in three years.” “I want to see that through, and I think that would be a great moment to depart. But … I don’t ever want the show to be subpar. I’m too invested in it. My life has been devoted to it. I’ll thus use every effort to ensure that it continues.

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