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Saturday Night Livethe oldest actor of, Kenan Thompson, has some predictions about the future of the live sketch show. In an interview on Charlamagne the god’s Hell of a week podcast, Thompson talked about SNLupcoming 50th anniversary and what it could mean for the show. Charlamagne asked Thompson about a rumor that the series would end in its 50th year, the same year Lorne Michaels turns 80. “That rumor could have a lot of validity, because 50 is a good number to stop at,” Thompson explained. “So if somebody’s trying to put themselves in their shoes, you know, it’s a good opportunity for NBC to save some money as well, you know what I mean? [NBC] can drastically reduce the budget, and at that point you can’t really do the same kind of show. So it’s unfair to see it collapse for real because of these restrictions… Capping it at 50 might not be a bad idea.
In 2021, Michaels revealed to SCS that he is “committed to doing this show until his 50th birthday”, which would be in 2025. Rumors of Thompson’s own departure were swirl for a while; speaking of his continued stay on the show, he said, “That’s the plan forever,” Thompson says. “To never have to leave this show.”