Is Kenan Thompson Leaving SNL?

Nora Toscano, Reporter

Kenan Thompson currently holds the record for the longest time as a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live.  Joining the show in 2003, Thompson is well-known for his sketches, including playing Steve Harvey in the Family Feud sketches and hosting many game show sketches. He’s a household favorite, and his sketches and impersonations are famously hilarious. But there have rumours that his future days on the SNL stage might be limited, because he is getting his own NBC show, titled “The Kenan Show.”  The show is a family comedy, in which, according to NBC, Thompson “strives to be a super dad to his two adorable girls, while simultaneously balancing his job and a father-in-law who ‘helps’ in the most inappropriate ways.” Lorne Michaels, SNL producer, will be an executive producer, along with Chris Rock, who directed the pilot. Cast members working alongside Thompson include Andy Garcia as his father-in-law and Dani and Danah Lockett as his daughters. 

Other renowned comedians have gotten their own TV shows after retiring from SNL, including Amy Poehler with “Parks and Recreation,” Tina Fey with “30 Rock,” and Andy Samberg with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”  As to whether or not Thompson will definitely be leaving SNL next season, it seems like we’re safe from losing him for now. In May, he said, “It’s the best job in the world. I can’t see myself just walking away from it like that, even with how busy I’ve been. If it was possible I’d stay forever and just retire as the one guy that never left, basically. I’d be totally fine with that, but at the same time I still have aspirations.”

It looks like the SNL regular cast is safe from losing its most senior member at the moment, and fans of Thompson and the show can only hope that this fact stays true.