Kenan Thompson, 44, has been a staple on the sketch comedy present Saturday Night Live since 2003. But per the NY Post, when the comic and actor just lately appeared on Charlamagne tha God’s “Hell of a Week” sequence, Thompson mentioned that he thinks it may be an excellent time for the enduring NBC sequence to finish after it wraps its fiftieth season.
On Charlamagne tha God’s “Hell of a Week,” the radio character requested Thompson about the potential for Lorne Michaels, 77, the SNL showrunner and producer for many of its multi-decade run (he stopped producing the present from 1980 to 1985) retiring after the 2024-2025 season. “The rumor is the show is ending at its 50th season because Mr. Lorne Michaels doesn’t want to do it after age 80. Is that true?” Charlamagne requested.
“Is that the rumor?” Thompson responded. “All right, I need to start planning.”
The Nickelodeon alum then added that he believed that the fiftieth anniversary could be a pleasant conclusion for the sketch comedy sequence, saying:
There might be numerous validity to that rumor, as a result of 50 is an effective quantity to cease at. That’s an unimaginable bundle. He will likely be, most likely, near 80 years outdated at that time, and, you recognize, he’s the one who’s had his contact on the entire thing. So, if someone tries to come back into his footwear, you recognize, it’s an excellent alternative for NBC to economize as properly, you recognize what I’m saying? [NBC] would possibly slash the funds after which at that time, you possibly can’t actually do the identical form of present. So that’s unfair to observe it simply actually go down form of in flames for actual due to these restrictions … Capping it at 50 may not be a nasty concept.
Thompson defined that “[Michaels] is such a legend that he keeps off those corporate wolves, if you will. They spend a lot of money on that show every week. It’s an expensive show, but it’s a one-of-a-kind thing.”
Lorne Michaels Sees Himself Retiring at SNL’s fiftieth Anniversary
In an interview with CBS Mornings‘ Gayle King in December 2025, Lorne Michaels mentioned that the SNL might finish in 2025. He mentioned, “You know, I think I’m committed to doing this show until its 50th anniversary, which is in three years. I’d like to see that through, and I have a feeling that’d be a really good time to leave. But … I won’t want the show ever to be bad. I care too deeply about it. It’s been my life’s work. So I’m going to do everything I can to see it carry on.”