Saturday Night Live, the late-night comedy show, is about to undergo major changes with the departures of some of its most popular cast members who are leaving to take on new roles in Hollywood. Fans were surprised to see hosts Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney, and Aidy Bryant bid goodbye to the long-running sketch comedy show after the season’s finale.
Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton on SNL
McKinnon is the most famous current cast member, with a string of awards for her Hillary Clinton impersonations during the 2016 presidential campaign. The reason behind Kate’s departure from the show is not known, but she stated her last appearance will be on the show’s 47th-anniversary episode.
Pete Davidson as Chad on SNL
Pete Davidson, who was 20 years old at the time, was the show’s youngest cast member. He’s perhaps best known for his witty stand-up routines on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, which cover everything from mental health to his life in Staten Island. He is also known for his classic “Chad” character on the show.
Davidson broke his silence on departing Saturday Night Live in an Instagram post this week. He expressed gratitude to fans for their support over the years and reminisced on his experience on the show.
Kyle Mooney as Johnny Depp on SNL
Kyle Mooney, who first joined SNL back in 2013 with the cast of season 38 and portrayed Johnny Depp in the controversial Depp/Heard trial skit last week, is expected to leave Saturday Night Live after season 47 ends. His reason for departing, like McKinnon’s, has not been stated, but fans around the world are saddened not to see their favorite comedian on SNL.
Aidy Bryant as Melanie on SNL
Aidy Bryant has been a regular on Saturday Night Live since 2012. She just announced that she will be taking a break to film her Hulu show “Shrill.” The comedian is most recognized for his appearances on Saturday Night Live, particularly as a teenager alongside Drake and Ryan Gosling.
We are saddened to see our favorite comedians leave SNL. It was exciting to watch the cast come together to make us laugh, and we will always cherish the memories.